By Kat Bailey, Air Force’s Personnel Center Public Affairs
/ Published May 22, 2019
Air Force officials have selected 4,733 technical sergeants for promotion to master sergeant out of 19,422 eligible for a selection rate of 24.34% in the 19E7 promotion cycle.
The promotion rate for the 19E7 master sergeant cycle is lower than the 29.60% rate in the 2018 cycle. The 2018 promotion rate, combined with a high master sergeant retention rate for the last four years, led to a decrease in the available manning requirements this year according to Chief Master Sgt. Tiffany Smith, Enlisted Promotions Policy chief. Smith said the 19E7 promotion rate helps balance those manning needs.
“Selection for promotion to become an Air Force senior noncommissioned officer reflects our trust and confidence in those Airmen’s ability to lead and serve in the next higher grade,” she said. “Senior noncommissioned officers represent a group of Airmen who have proven their ability to perform and lead at a high level, and the 19E7 promotion rate validates that.”
Of those eligible holding a promote now recommendation, 90.2% were selected, 74.60% of those holding a must promote recommendation were selected and 12.80% of Airmen holding a promote recommendation were selected.
Selectees’ average time in grade was 3.49 years and time in service was 13.56 years. The average selectee’s overall score was 537.03, based on point averages of 10.80 for decorations, 72.00 for the promotion fitness examination and 69.87 for the specialty knowledge test.
The master sgt. promotion list is available on the Enlisted Promotions page of the Air Force’s Personnel Center website, the Air Force Portal and myPers. Airmen can access their score notices on the virtual Military Personnel Flight via the AFPC secure applications page.
Those selected will be promoted beginning Aug. 1, according to their promotion sequence number. Prior to posting the list, AFPC provided commanders, senior raters and trusted agents with advanced knowledge of their Airmen’s selection with the intention that selects be notified no earlier than one day before the public release.
For more information about Air Force personnel programs, visit the AFPC public website.