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COL Everett Spain, Dr. Gautam Mukunda, and COL Archie Bates – “The Battalion Commander Effect”

Released 7 October, 2021.

Statistical evidence suggests that Army battalion commanders are significant determinants of the retention of their lieutenants—especially high-potential lieutenants. Further, this so-called Battalion Commander Effect should be included in brigadier general promotion board assessments and used to inform officer professional military education curricula. Click here to read the article.