Individuals enlisting in the Air Force can receive advanced promotion, up to the rank of Airman First Class (E-3), for such things as college credits, JROTC, Eagle Scout, Civil Air Patrol, etc. Air Force Enlisted Promotions to E-2 through E-4 are based on a combination of time-in-service and time-in-grade. Airmen are promoted to E-5, E-6, and E-7, based on a combination of promotion points, and results of two written tests (one about general Air Force procedures and requirements, and one about their Air Force job ). Unlike the other services, where those in an overmanned job may find it impossible to get promoted, the Air Force promotes in every one of their jobs. However, some jobs (those that are considered critically undermanned), receive an increased promotion opportunity. Promotions to the grades of E-8 and E-9 are made by a centralized (Air Force-wide) promotion board, promotion points, and the score on a single Air Force supervisory test. On average, the Air Force has a slower promotion rate than the other services. This is reflective on their high re-enlistment rate (the longer people choose to stay in, the fewer promotion slots there are).
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- Recruiting Environment
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- Quality of Life
- Educational Opportunities
- Enlisted Commissioning Programs
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