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Readers Respond: Reader shares his thoughts about the Air Force Enlisted Promotion System

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We were NCOs

I was in the Air Force from 1983-1989 and was an E-4 SGT. I even received the John Levitow award at PME. As a veteran, when we apply for veteran benefits, many organizations removed the rank of SGT from their database and that is wrong. Those of us who attained NCO status were NCOs and should always be called sergeant. I get tired reminding them that we were NCOs back then. If it wasn't for the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act, I would have been an E-5 under 5. But that is another story. Oh, and I had supervisory skills prior to my entry into the Air Force.
—Guest Veteran AF Sgt

Expert witness on this subject

Represent an E-8 injured in MVA and also a Marine GySgt injured in MVA and both have injuries that will interfere with their career. Who is an expert witness on this subject? Need someone to evaluate their promotion opportunities lost due to their injuries. Is there anyone? Live in military community and happens all the time.
—Guest Wm. Dennis Brannon

Fresh A1C, your partially right!

Your partially right Fresh A1C, but I was partially right too! It was A1C that you went straight to, with a 6 yr. enlistment! But, when I went to Tech. school, there were airman that already had their A1C sewn onto their uniforms! Because, there was a contraversy at the school about the guys who wore the green, yellow and red ropes that had the highest authority or the guys with two stripes? Finally, I distinctly remember our T.I. telling the guys with 6 yr. enlistments, to have their strips professionally sewn on, before leaving BMT! I remember, because I was so envious of those guys and I could have kicked myself in the butt for not signing up for 6 yrs. and getting A1C. right out of basic!
—Guest Bill

Can I enlisted in USAF

HI Sir/madam. I am sergeant Ashendra Singh Armament Technician (air&ground)20yrs experience from Indian Air Force. can i enlisted in USAF? Pl. just guide me. Thanks.
—Guest sgt Ashendra Singh

The way it use to be.

When I was in the A.F., from 1981-1985, if you signed up for 6 yrs., you were promoted to E-4 Sr. AM, right after basic training! Also, the star in the middle of your strips was faded until you were promoted to buck Sgt., which now that rank was fased out!
—Guest Bill

Wrong about 6 yr advance promotion

If you enlist for 6 years as an AB you are not an AMN (E-2) upon graduation from BMT. You sew on A1C upon graduation from Tech School and skip the rank of AMN
—Guest Fresh A1C

Retired Engr. manufacturing

Served in the Army Air Force July 45 till December 46 Joined the Air force Reseves in 195O till 1953,renlisted 1953 till 1956. Never made advancment over PFC , At 85 still a PFC. Glad to hear this doesn't happen in to days service. I guess when the WW2 ended ( I was in basic training ) they forgot we existed.
—Guest Kenneth Boone

Retired Engr. manufacturing

Served in the Army Air Force July 45 till December 46 Joined the Air force Reseves in 195O till 1953,renlisted 1953 till 1956. Never made advancment over PFC , At 85 still a PFC. Glad to hear this doesn't happen in to days service. I guess when the WW2 ended ( I was in basic training ) they forgot we existed.
—Guest Kenneth Boone

Re-read the Air Force Instruction

AFI 36-2903 is the US Airforce Regulation of DRESS AND PERSONAL APPEARANCE OF AIR FORCE PERSONNEL . Promotions are found AFPAM 36-2241
—Guest Guest USAF TSgt

Read the Air Force guidance

This article is wrong in too many ways to describe. If you want to know how the Air Force promotion system works, read AFI 36-2903, which describes exactly how the AF promotion system operates.
—Guest AF SSgt

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