|Air Force Enlisted Promotions Fact Sheet|
|For Promotions to the Rank of SSgt (E-5) through MSgt (E-7)|
Example: Let's say the individual has six performance reports, with ratings (newest to oldest) of 5, 4, 5, 5, 9, 9 (Note: The two "9s" are from the "old" report system (Called "APR") where ratings were 1 to 9, and the other reports are from the "newer" system (Called "EPR") where ratings are from 1 to 5).
29,160 (total report value), divided by 225 (total TW Factor), equals 129.60. So, 129.60 would be the promotion point value for performance reports.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: WILL PROMOTION ANNOUNCEMENTS OR TESTING WINDOWS BE DELAYED DUE TO THE WAR ON TERRORISM?
Q: WHAT IF I AM DEPLOYED DURING THE TESTING WINDOW?
A: Every effort will be made to test individuals prior to their departure. If this cannot be arranged, then the member will be tested upon their return. If the individual believes they are ready, they have the opportunity to test immediately upon their return and possibly be considered with the initial promotion release. If the member feels they are not ready to test, they are authorized to receive additional study time. In this case, the member will most likely be supplementally considered in the months following the initial release. Check with your CSS or MPF for further information.
Q: AM I ELIGIBLE TO TEST FOR SSGT IF I DONT POSSESS A 5 SKILL LEVEL?
A: Individuals who do not possess a 5 skill level in their primary AFSC (PAFSC) are ineligible to test until awarded a 5 level and the effective date is on or before the promotion cutoff date or if the commander authorizes a PAFSC skill level waiver. Waivers are only authorized for reasons listed in AFI 36-2502, Table 2.3. In rare cases, exceptions to policy for prior service personnel will be considered and granted.
Q: I RECENTLY RETRAINED BUT DIDNT START MY CLASS UNTIL AFTER THE CUTOFF DATE. WILL I TEST PFE ONLY?
Q: WHO DO I COMPETE AGAINST IF IM TESTING PFE ONLY?
Q: CAN I TEST PFE ONLY IF I WORK IN A DIFFERENT AFSC THAN MY CONTROL AFSC (CAFSC)?
A: No, all airmen compete for promotion in their CAFSC held as of the PECD. Personnel are only authorized to be used out of their CAFSC for up to 130 days in a 12-month period. If you are working in a different AFSC, commonly known as duty out of control, you are still required to test in your CAFSC.
Q: CAN I REALLY MAKE PROMOTION ON MY FIRST TIME TESTING?
A: Yes. Individuals make promotion their first time testing every promotion cycle.
Q: WHAT IS THIS YEARS CUTOFF SCORE FOR MY AFSC?A: Although many people think that AFPC or HQ USAF determines each cutoff score, the truth is that people competing for promotion really establish them. HQ USAF determines how many enlisted members can be promoted each cycle based on end strength and fiscal constraints, and then we apply that quota equally to each AFSC based on the total eligible population. This is referred to as equal selection opportunity (ESO). The total score of the last person selected within the quota then becomes the cutoff score for promotion in that AFSC. Therefore, cutoff scores are not determined until HQ AFPC actually runs the selection list, just prior to public release.
Q: HOW ARE LINE NUMBERS ASSIGNED?
A: The present method of determining Promotion Sequence Numbers (PSNs), commonly referred to as line numbers, was developed from the basic military philosophy of rank, precedence, and command. PSNs are assigned on the basis of date of rank (DOR), total active federal military service (TAFMS), and date of birth. Selectees are promoted in monthly increments as vacancies occur.
Q: CAN I HAVE MY TEST RESCORED?
A: An individuals request for verification of scores will only be honored when there is substantial evidence that a scoring error may have occurred. Requests for verification of scores based on identical test scores, same score as previous year, and several identical scores within the same AFSC cannot be honored. These are simply coincidences that can occur because of the many thousands of tests given each year. Additionally, missing promotion by a narrow margin has no bearing on the accuracy of test scores and will not be honored as a reason for verification. Furthermore, an individuals belief that his or her test score does not reflect the persons study efforts is not sufficient. Prior to the release of every promotion cycle, a random number of test answer sheets are hand scored to ensure computer accuracy. There has never been an error since the inception of WAPS.
Q: IF I AM SELECTED FOR PROMOTION TO THE RANK OF TSGT, CAN I RETIRE ON THE SAME DAY THAT I PIN ON?
A: Because individuals selected for SSgt and TSgt do not incur an ADSC, they may retire the first day of the month following the effective date of promotion or extend their retirement date for up to 6 months. This means that if your HYT date is on the same day that your line number is effective, you will have to extend a minimum of 30 days to retire in the new grade.
Q: WHAT IS A WAPS TEST COMPROMISE?
A: AFI 36-2605, Air Force Military Personnel Testing System, lists what constitutes a test compromise. The following are some of the general rules listed in this instruction that may serve as a basis for punitive or administrative actions or both. This list is not comprehensive. It is your responsibility to know what is and what isnt a compromise. Think of it this way, if you have any doubt that something may be a compromise of test or study material, then it probably is.