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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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Selections for Technical Sergeant (TSgt) and Master Sergeant (MSgt) are usually released during the month of June, and selections to Staff Sergeant (SSgt), are normally scheduled for release in August of each year. The following information explains how the promotion program operates.

Individuals selected for promotion to TSgt or MSgt are promoted during the period 1 August through 1 July of the following year The promotion eligibility cutoff date (PECD) for promotion to TSgt and MSgt is 31 December. Individuals selected for promotion to SSgt are promoted during the period 1 September through 1 August of the following year The PECD for promotion to SSgt is 31 March.Enlisted Performance Reports (EPRs), decorations, and AFSC data must closeout/be effective on or before the PECD.The following table is included for easy reference:

Promotion to: Time in Grade Required Time-in-Service Required Skill Level Required Promotion Eligibility Cutoff Date (PECD) Testing Cycle Promotion Months
MSgt (E-7) 24 Months 8 Years 7 Skill Level 31 Dec 15 Feb - 31 Mar Aug - Jul
TSgt (E-6) 23 Months 5 Years 5 Skill Level 31 Dec 15 Feb - 31 Mar Aug - Jul
SSgt (E-5) 6 Months 3 Years 5 Skill Level 31 Mar 1 May - 31 May Sep - Aug

NOTE: A ll individuals departing TDY during any testing cycle will be tested before they leave IAW AFI 36-2605, Air Force Military Personnel Testing System, Para A9.10.Members returning from non-contingency TDYs before the end of a testing cycle will be tested during the cycle. This is not an individual choice, and expanding the normal cycle in order to test prior to TDY departure does not require concurrence of the member.Members who decline testing when given the opportunity to test become ineligible for promotion for the remainder of the cycle.

Calculating Promotion Points
If the factor is The Maximum score is:
PFE (100 question test about Air Force subjects) 100 points. PFE score is doubled if testing PFE only.
SKT (100 question test about your Air Force job) 100 points
EPR (Performance Report Ratings) 135 points
Decorations/Awards 25 Points.
Time-in-Grade (TIG) 60 points. Credit one-half point for each month in current grade, based upon Date of Rank (DOR), computed to the last month of the promotion cycle.
Time-in-Service (TIS) 40 points. Credit two points for each year of Total Active Federal Military Service (TAFMS), up to 20 years, computed as of the last month of the promotion cycle.

Notes: Cut off scores after the second decimal place. Do not use the third decimal place to round up or down. computation of points for TIG and TIS: Count 15 days or more as 1 month and drop periods of less than 15 days.

Computing EPR (Performance Report) Points
Use the chart below, and the steps in this chart to compute EPR Points for promotion purposes.
STEP 1 List each EPR/APR (most recent on top) that closed out within 5 years of the PECD, not to exceed 10 reports.  Multiply this by the time-weighted factor for that specific report.  (See Notes 1 & 2)
STEP 2 Multiply the product in the “Subtotal” column by the conversion factor (See Note 3)
STEP 3 Add ONLY the TW factors used to obtain a “TW factor total” (See Note 4)
STEP 4 Add the total value of each report for the “Sum of Reports”
STEP 5 Divide that sum by the TW factor total for the “Performance Score”


1. Time-weighting factor (TW factor) begins with 50 for the most recent report and decreases in increments of 5 for each report being used (50, 45, 40, 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 10, & 5).

2. Periods of performance not evaluated for some reason (break in service, report removed through appeal process, etc.) are not counted in the computation.  For example, an EPR/APR string of 5B, 4B, 5B, XB, 9A, 9A is computed the same as 5B, 4B, 5B, 9A, 9A.

3. Conversion factors:  27 for EPRs (the "new" report system where ratings run from 1 to 5) and 15 for APRs (the "old" report system where ratings ran from 1 to 9).  Repeat this for each report.

4. For example, if 4 reports were used, then you would add 50, 45, 40, & 35 for a “TW factor total”.

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