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Air Force Enlisted Promotions Fact Sheet
For Promotions to the Rank of SSgt (E-5) through MSgt (E-7)
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EPR/APR SEQUENCE EPR/APR RATING   TW FACTOR   SUBTOTAL   CONVERSION FACTOR   REPORT VALUE
   
X
50
=
 
X
 
=
 
   
X
45
=
 
X
 
=
 
   
X
40
=
 
X
 
=
 
   
X
35
=
 
X
 
=
 
   
X
30
=
 
X
 
=
 
   
X
25
=
 
X
 
=
 
   
X
20
=
 
X
 
=
 
   
X
15
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X
 
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X
10
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X
 
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X
5
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X
 
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Step 3. TW Factor Total: Step 4. Sum of Reports:
Step 5
Sum of Reports
Divided By
TW Factor Total
=
Performance Score

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).

EPR/APR SEQUENCE EPR/APR RATING   TW FACTOR   SUBTOTAL   CONVERSION FACTOR   REPORT VALUE
EPR 5
X
50
=
250
X
27
=
6750
EPR 4
X
45
=
180
X
227
=
4860
EPR 5
X
40
=
200
X
27
=
5400
EPR 5
X
35
=
175
X
27
=
4725
APR 9
X
30
=
270
X
15
=
4050
APR 9
X
25
=
225
X
15
=
3375
Totals: 225   29,160

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.

Decoration Point Value

Medal of Honor

15

Air Force Distinguished Cross

11

Navy Distinguished Cross

11

Defense Distinguished Service Medal

9

Distinguished Service Medal

9

Silver Star

9

Legion of Merit

7

Defense Superior Service Medal

7

Distinguished Flying Cross

7

Airman’s/Soldier’s/Navy-Marine Corps/Coast Guard/Bronze Star/Defense Meritorious Service Medals/Meritorious Service Medal

 

5

Purple Heart

5

Air/Aerial Achievement

3

Air Force Commendation Medal

3

Army Commendation Medal

3

Navy Commendation Medal

3

Joint Services Commendation Medal

3

Coast Guard Commendation Medal

3

Air Force Recruiting Ribbon

2

Air Force Achievement Medal

1

Navy Achievement Medal

1

Coast Guard Achievement Medal

1

Joint Service Achievement Medal

1

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q:  WILL PROMOTION ANNOUNCEMENTS OR TESTING WINDOWS BE DELAYED DUE TO THE WAR ON TERRORISM?

 A:  No, not if the Air Force can avoid it.  Testing windows and promotion releases are important to the Air Force, as well as to the individual.  While we must remain flexible, it is also important to conduct business under WAPS on schedule. 

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 DON’T 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 DIDN’T START MY CLASS UNTIL AFTER THE CUTOFF DATE.  WILL I TEST PFE ONLY?

 A:  The key here is the date you departed for school.  Everyone competes for promotion in his or her Control AFSC (CAFSC).  The effective date of change of your CAFSC for retraining through a formal school is the date departed PCS, PCA, TDY enroute, TDY or date assigned duty, if there isn’t a PCS or PCA.  If you depart prior to the PECD for the cycle you’re eligible for, you will test PFE only with the option of taking the SKT in your new AFSC (if one is available).  If you departed after the PECD, you will compete in your previous CAFSC.

Q:  WHO DO I COMPETE AGAINST IF I’M TESTING PFE ONLY? 

 A:  If you are a retrainee and your new AFSC has an SKT, you’ll compete against all other individuals who do not have to take the SKT in their CAFSC and will be considered in promotion AFSC 00XXX or 00XXXX (for chronic critical career fields).  If you are a retrainee but your new AFSC does not have an SKT, you’ll compete against the eligibles in your new AFSC.  If your new career field has an SKT, you may elect to take the SKT.  However, the decision must be made prior to testing and cannot be changed once you are administered the tests.  The SKT that you will be administered will be the SKT in your new career field. 

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 YEAR’S 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 individual’s 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 individual’s belief that his or her test score does not reflect the person’s 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 isn’t 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.

  • Air Force members, (active duty, ANG, Reserve, and civilians under Air Force authority) will not possess, reproduce, distribute, or communicate in any way the contents of test material unless authorized by AFI 36-2605.
  • Taking, reviewing, or having access to actual test material.
  • Reviewing or having access to illegal study materials that reveal the specific content of actual or suspected test material.
  • Questioning examinees for the purpose of determining test content.
  • Reproducing or copying any test material, in whole or part.
  • Training that concentrates on “teaching the test” or that emphasizes information known or believed to be on a specific test.
  • Taking a test and claiming to be another examinee.
  • Opening or tampering with any package containing CONTROLLED TEST MATERIAL.
  • Reviewing or using any “highlighted” or marked study material or notes that reflect actual or suspected test material that is shared between, used by, or observed by more than one examinee or potential examinee or any unauthorized individual.
  • Discussing actual test material or the specific contents of testable material in such a way as to highlight actual or potential test material or test questions in correspondence that is distributed.
  • Removing testing material from the testing room.
  • Group study.  Group study is defined as any examinee or potential examinee discussing or sharing in any form, information about actual test material or marked/highlighted testable material with other examinees, potential examinees, or other unauthorized individuals; or to study for a WAPS test with anyone else. 
  • Copying from another examinee’s answer sheet or asking another examinee for help during a test administration period.
  • Using equipment not authorized during test administration such as an unapproved calculator.

 

 

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