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The enlisted promotion system provides a visible, relatively stable career progression opportunity over the long term. Name two additional objectives.

1) Attracting, retaining and motivation to career service the kinds and numbers of people needed for military service, and 2) ensuring a reasonably uniform application of equal pay for equal work among the military services.


Promotion quotas for the top five enlisted grades are tied to FY end strength and are affected by what three factors?

1) funding limits; 2) regulatory limits; and 3) the number of projected vacancies in specific grades.


Public law limits the number of Regular Air Force SMSgt and CMSgt positions to ____ percent of the enlisted force.

3.5 percent. (The DoD limits the number of Airmen for the top five enlisted grades.)


Why does the Air Force establish promotion cycles?

To ensure timely periodic promotion and more accurate forecasting of vacancies. (They also balance the promotion administrative workload and provide cutoff dates for eligibility.)


What four requirements form the basis for promotion eligibility?

1) Proper skill level; 2) sufficient Time in Grade (TIG); 3) sufficient Time in Service (TIS); and 4) the immediate commander's recommendation.


What are the Time in Service (TIS) requirements for promotion to SrA-CMSgt?

SrA - 36 months; SSgt - 3 years; TSgt - 5 years; MSgt - 8 years; SMSgt - 11 years; CMSgt - 14 years.


List the Time in Grade (TIG) requirements for promotion to SSgt-CMSgt?

SSgt - 6 months; TSgt - 23 months; MSgt - 24 months; SMSgt - 20 months; CMSgt - 21 months.


What are the Promotion Eligibility Cutoff Dates (PECD) for promotion to SSgt through CMSgt?

SSgt - 31 March; TSgt - 31 December; MSgt - 31 December; SMSgt - 30 September; and CMSgt - 31 July.


When is the promotion test cycle for SSgt? TSgt-MSgt?

SSgt - May and June; TSgt-MSgt - February and March.


When is the promotion test cycle for SMSgt and CMSgt?

SMSgt - December; CMSgt - September.


The High Year of Tenure (HYT) policy applicable as of the Promotion Eligibility Cutoff Dates (PECD) may affect promotion eligibility in grades SrA and above. (T/F)



A1C must meet skill-level requirements by the effective date of promotion for SrA and by the Promotion Eligibility Cutoff Dates (PECD) for SSgt. (T/F)



SSgt must have a 5-skill-level as of Promotion Eligibility Cutoff Dates (PECD) to compete for TSgt promotion and a 7-skill level before promotion. (T/F)



For which ranks may commanders waive the minimum skill-level requirements to allow them to compete for promotion?

MSgt and SMSgt.


There are no promotion opportunities for Airmen demoted to SrA if they are past their High Year of Tenure (HYT) for that grade. (T/F)

True. (They will have their HYT adjusted based on the Time in Grade (TIG) requirements only.)


Name several reasons why Airmen may be considered ineligible for promotion.

Approved retirement, declination for extension or reenlistment, court-martial conviction, control roster action, not recommended by commander, failure to appear for scheduled testing without a valid reason, absent without leave, etc.


When individuals are ineligible for promotion they cannot test or be considered if already tested. What happens to the projected promotion, if already selected?

It will be cancelled.


The Promotion Sequence Numbers (PSN) that Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC) assigns to Airmen selected for promotion to SSgt-CMSgt are based on what?

Date of Rank (DOR), Total Active Federal Military Service Date (TAFMSD) and Date of Birth (DOB). (Supplemental selectees are assigned PSNs of .9 (increment previously announced) or .5 (unannounced future increment).)


Airmen who accept a promotion are eligible for ____ and selective retraining in the projected grade.



Why do service members selected for promotion to MSgt and SMSgt with more than 18 years of Total Active Federal Military Service Date (TAFMSD) have to sign an Active Duty Service Commitment (ADSC) or statement of understanding within 10 workdays after promotion selections are confirmed?

To acknowledge that they must obtain two years of service retainability from the effective date of promotion and incur a 2-year ADSC from the effective date of promotion to qualify for nondisability retirement.


Selectees to the grade of CMSgt with more that 18 years of Total Active Federal Military Service (TAFMS) sign an Active Duty Service Commitment (ADSC) or statement of understanding within 10 days after selections are confirmed acknowledging they must obtain ____ years of service retainability from the effective date of promotion to qualify for nondisability retirement.

Three years.


How and whem may Airmen decline a promotion?

In writing, any time prior to the effective date. (Reinstatement will not be authorized.)


Unless granter an EPME waiver, Airman selected for promotion must complete in-resident PME before assuming which grades?

SSgt, MSgt or SMSgt. (Otherwise the Personnel Data System (PDS) automatically withholds the promotion.)


On what basis does the Air Force normally promote eligible Airmen to Amn and A1C?

On a noncompetitive basis, recommended by their commander.


An AB must have ____ months Time in Grade (TIG) to be eligible for promotion to Amn.

Six months.


What is the Time in Grade (TIG) requirements for an Amn to be eligible for promotion to A1C?

10 months.


There are different phase points for individuals graduating from Basic Military Training (BMT) as Amn or A1C that correspond with their earlier promotions. (T/F)



When are individuals, initially enlisting for a period of six years, promoted from AB or Amn to A1C?

Upon completion of either technical training or 20 weeks of technical training, whichever occurs first.


When does the Air Force promote A1Cs to SrA?

When they have either 36 moths of Time in Service (TIS) and 20 months of Time in Grade (TIG), or 28 months of TIG, whichever occurs first. (A 3-skill level and the unit commander's recommendations are required.)


If an A1C is promoted to SrA Below the Zone (BTZ), when is his or her production effective date?

Six months before his or her fully qualified date.


Promotion to SSgt, TSgt, and MSgt occurs under what two programs?

The WAPS or Stripes for Exceptional Performers (STEP).


Identify the six WAPS promotion factors.

1)SKT; 2) PFE; 3) Time in Service (TIS); 4) Time in Grade (TIG); 5) decorations; and 6) EPRs.


The PFE and SKT scores account for 200 of the ____ points possible under the WAPS.

460 points.


In the WAPS, who do you compete with for promotion?

Only those currently working in your AFSC.


What happens when more than one individual has the same total score at the promotion cutoff point?

The Air Force promotes everyone with that score.


When and why was the Stripes for Exceptional Performers (STEP) program established?

In 1980, to promote a limited number of Airmen with exceptional potential to the grades of SSgt-MSgt.


Each MAJCOM determines its own procedures and Stripes for Exceptional Performers (STEP) selection levels. (T/F)



An individual may not receive more than one promotion under any combination of promotion programs within a 12-month period. What exception applies?

SrA must serve six months Time in Grade (TIG) before being promoted to SSgt.


Should isolated acts or specific achievements be the sole basis for promotion under the Stripes for Exceptional Performers (STEP) program?

No. (Commanders should also guard against using STEP as an enlisted Below The Zone (BTZ) promotion program.)


How are Time In Service (TIS) points calculated for promotion to SSgt-MSgt under the WAPS?

Two points for each year of Total Active Federal Military Service (TAFMS) up to 20 years (40 points maximum).


How are Time In Grade (TIG) points calculated for promotion to SSgt-MSgt under the WAPS?

1/2 point for each month in current grade up to 10 years (60 points maximum).


What is the maximum WAPS points for decorations and how is each decoration's point value assigned?

maximum of 25 points with point value based on order of precedence. (The decoration closeout date must be on or before the Promotion Eligibility Cutoff Date (PECD).)


How many WAPS points are the Meritorious Service medal(MSM) and Air Force Commendation Medal(AFCM) assigned?

MSM-5 points; AFCM-3 points


Under the WAPS, EPR scores are worth a maximum of ____ points.

135 points. (Using EPRs within five years immediately preceding the Promotion Eigibility Cutoff Date (PECD), not to exceed 10 reports.)


Describe the two-phase process for promotion to SMSgt and CMSgt.

Phase I is similar to the WAPS evaluation. Phase II is scored by a central evaluation board at Air Force Personnel Center(AFPC) using the whole-person concept.


The two-phase promotion process for SMSgt and CMSgt has a maximum score of _____ points.

795 points.


Preparing for promotion testing is part of your enlisted professional development. T/F

False. (Preparing for promotion is solely an individual responsibility.)


What disclosure rules apply to your WAPS score notice?

It should never be provided to or used anyone other than the yourself or your commander and cannot be disclosed without your written consent. (Commanders must limit their use to notification and advisory counseling on your behalf and must not allow further dissemination of scores.)


Your personal involvement in WAPS testing is critical. At a minimum, you must 1) know your promotion eligibility status; 2) maintain your specialty and military qualifications; 3) use a self-initiated program of individual study and effort; and 4) obtain all current study references. Name four additional responsibilities.

5) Review the annual Enlisted Promotions References and Requirements Catalog (EPRRC); 6) be prepared to test the first day of the testing window and throughout the testing cycle; 7) ensure you receive study materials at least 60 days prior to testing; and 8) ensure your selection folder at Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC) is accurate and complete if you're SMSgt or CMSgt eligible.


An Airman may choose to test for promotion early. T/F

True. (As long as the correct test booklets are available.)


Obtain and review your ______ to verify the information used in the promotion selection process.

Data Verification Record(DVR) on Virtual Military Personnel Flight (vMPF). (Report any errors to the Military Personnel Section (MPS).)


Each eligible Airman must review their Data Verification Record (DVR) and the master personnel records in the Automated Records Management System(ARMS)/Personnel Records Display Application(PRDA) and report any issues to the Military Personnel Section(MPS). T/F

True. (If an error is noted, the Airman must immediately contact his or her MPS for assistance, and they will update the Military Personnel Data System (MilPDS) with the correct the data.)


When would a supplemental promotion not be granted?

If an error or omission appeared on the Data Verification Record and the individual took no corrective or followup action before the promotion selection date for SSgt through MSgt, or no corrective of followup action before the original evaluation board for SMSgt and CMSgt.


The Enlisted Promotion Reference and Requirements Catalog (EPRRC) lists all enlisted promotion tests authorized for administration and the study references associated with these tests. When is it published?

Each August.


Why is it especially important to check the Enlisted Promotion Reference and Requirements Catalog (EPRRC) to identify CDCs, including the volume number and publication date?

The CDCs used as study references may be different from the CDCs used for upgrade training.


Who provides a personal set of WAPS CDCs to each member eligible for promotion?

The Air Force Career Development Academy (AFCDA).


When does each member eligible for promotion receive CDCs?

Eligible members receive an initial set of CDCs during their first year of eligibility and only new or updated material each year thereafter. (Electronic copies of CDCs for promotion testing purposes are available at


How should non-CDC study reference materials, such as AFIs or TOs, be made available?

Online at http// (Commercial publications should be available at unit or base level, at a ratio of one publication for every five eligible.)


If you have not had access to required WAPS reference material for ____ days, you may request a delay in testing.

60 days.


SNCO subject-matter experts write all promotion tests. What role do the resident psychologists at the Airman Advancement Division(AAD) serve in the promotion test development process?

They provide the psychometric expertise to ensure the tests are valid and as fair as possible to all examinees.


How frequently is each promotion test revised?



At the beginning of a test development project, why are the tests under revision administered to the Subject-Matter Experts (SME)?

To give test writers the test takers' point of view and help them focus on evaluating how well the test content relates to performance in their specialties.


Which promotion test measures knowledge important to the job performance of SSgts, TSgts, and MSgts in a particular specialty?



What resources do SNCOs use to write the SKTs and tie test content to important tasks performed in the specialty?

The Career Field Education and Training Plan (CFETP), occupational analysis data and their experiences.


Which promotion test measures the military and supervisory knowledge required of SSgts, TSgts, and MSgts?



Which promotion test evaluate the practical military, supervisory and managerial knowledge required in the top two NCO grades?



Who writes the PFE and USAFSE tests?

CMSgts from across the Air Force.


What information do CMSgts use to write the PFE and USAFSE tests?

Their experience and the MKTS survey data.


Why is every effort made to ensure test administration procedures for promotion tests are standardized?

To ensure fairness for everyone competing for promotion.


Name three of the many safeguards the Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC) uses to verify promotion test accuracy?

1) All promotion tests are electronically scored; 2) a percentage of answer sheets (pulled randomly) are hand-scored; and 30 answer sheets are physically reviewed.


Group study (two or more people) to prepare for enlisted promotion testing is strictly prohibited. T/F

True. (Limit yourself to a self-study program to avoid WAPS test compromise.)


Which article of the UCMJ is violated if you use group study to prepare for an enlisted promotion exam?

Article 92. (Violating a lawful general regulation.)


A conviction for enlisted test compromise can result in what punishment?

A dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for up to two years.


Which of these may NOT be a test compromise situation; discussing test content with your unit commander; sharing pretests; training for NCO of the quarter or SrA Below the Zone(BTZ) boards; or placing commercial study guide software or personal study notes on government computers?

Training for NCO of the quarter or SrA BTZ boards (as long as the intent of the training is not to study for promotion tests).


Why is placing commercial enlisted promotion study guide software on government computers prohibited?

Because it would imply Air Force sanction of the guides.


Visit _______ for Air Force-sanctioned promotion testing exercises.


When does Air Force Personnel Center conduct in-system promotion consideration?

As needed after initial promotion selection.


Will supplemental promotion consideration be granted if an error or omission appeared on the Data Verification (DVR) in the Automated Records Management System/Personnel Records Display Application (ARMS/PRDA) or SNCO selection record?

Only if the individual took the necessary steps to correct it prior to promotion selection or the evaluation board process.


According to AFI 36-2623, Occupational Analysis, why does the Air Education and Training Command Intelligence, Operations and Nuclear Integration AETC/A2/3/10) Occupational Analysis (OA) Division survey military and civilian occupational specialties?

To provide personnel and training decision makers with factual and objective job information, enabling them to justify and/or change personnel policies and programs; refine and maintain occupational structures; and establish, validate and adjust testing and training programs.


What percentage of eligible career field members does the Occupational Analysis (OA) process use to identify work performed in the field?

100 percent. (Most enlisted specialties undergo an occupational analysis every 2-3 years.)


Occupational Analysis (OA) results do not directly impact your career. (T/F)

False. (They help develop the question in SKTs and determine what goes into Career Field Education and Training Plans (CFETP).)


How long does the web based Occupational Analysis (OA) survey take to complete?

One to two hours. (Dutiful and timely input is critical to ensure promotion test content and technical training are accurate.)


Visit and select ____ to find your specialty's Occupational Analysis (OA) report.

Enlisted Products.

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