The Army’s recruitment process may soon become a very different experience. and report that discussions were underway at a recent Recruiting 2020 Forum for the Army’s Recruiting Command to adopt a new personality-based recruitment strategy in the coming years. Army leadership hopes to soon incorporate new non-cognitive methods to measure how candidates handle the stress that goes along with Army service. Various test scores, however, will still be used to weigh a potential recruit’s viability as an Army soldier. Decision makers face recruitment roadblocks like growing rates of youth obesity and a large number of candidates who don’t possess the “stick-to-it-ness” of successful recruits.

Essentially, while academic and testing standards will likely not decrease in the coming years, personality requirements probably will. The end goal is to increase the quality of incoming recruits by identifying individuals with resilience and a penchant for personal success in their professional endeavors.