Patrick M. McCarthy, Jr.

Military Professor College of Leadership and Ethics
Col., U.S. Army
Patrick M. McCarthy, Jr. faculty photo


Col. Patrick McCarthy is a military professor at the College of Leadership and Ethics. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Naval War College. Throughout his military career, he has served in numerous command and staff positions, including as U.S. Army Human Resources Command’s branch chief, at the battalion command and at the company command. Past operational tours include deployments to Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

Areas of Expertise

  • Special Operations

Professional Highlights


U.S. Army Human Resources Branch Chief

Managed the Psychological Operations Officer Branch to include assignments, promotions, professional development, and career broadening opportunities. Led the Branch Team through the US Army's largest talent management reform process since 1947.

Battalion Command

Commanded the 7th Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne). Provided Special Operations Psychological Forces in support of Theater Special Operations Command - Africa. Provided operational planning and tactical capabilities to achieve influence objectives.

Chief, Assessment and Selection

Developed and implemented the inaugural assessment and selection program to screen volunteers for Special Operations Psychological Operations Forces. Provided a pathway to identify the best candidates to progress within the Psychological Operations Qualification Course.


M.A., University of Kansas, 2013, Interagency Studies

B.A., Virginia State University, 1998, Political Science

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