Illustration for article titled The Army is changing how they select their Battalion Commanders. For the better. And its about time.

Take some of the politics out of it. Interesting note: they’re putting the interviewees behind a black curtain like they do when symphonies audition players, but my brother plays professionally for a significant symphony orchestra and he says everybody knows exactly who’s behind the curtain. Rusty thinks this is a very good thing. Choose them to command the battalion first, where they make a difference, then learn if they’re cut out for the promotion politics that follow. Note: Rusty served in the US Army from 1984-90 and had maybe half a dozen battalion commanders in that time and every one was a self-serving prick and didn’t give a flying front door about me or about anyone else under their command. Maybe that has changed...

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