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Promotion eligibility cutoff dates change for promotion to TSgt, MSgt

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas -- Staff and technical sergeant promotion eligibility cutoff date changes, announced today at www.af.mil, are part of the Air Force's enlisted evaluation and promotion system changes that will be implemented incrementally over the next 18 to 30 months.

According to a July 31 letter to Airmen from Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh and Chief Master Sgt of the Air Force James Cody, promotion and evaluation changes are intended to help ensure job performance is the most important factor when evaluating and identifying Airmen for promotion.

Effective immediately, the promotion eligibility cutoff date for technical sergeants competing for promotion to master sergeant is changed from Dec. 31 to Nov. 30, which aligns with the implementation of the Nov. 30 static closeout dates for all technical sergeant enlisted performance reports. Also effective immediately, the promotion eligibility cutoff date for staff sergeants competing for promotion to technical sergeant is changed from Dec. 31 to Jan. 31.

To be eligible to compete for master sergeant, technical sergeants must have at least eight years of time in service and 24 months of time in grade. To be eligible to test for technical sergeant, Airmen must have at least five years of time in service and 23 months of time in grade.

"It is the responsibility of every Airman to check their records and ensure they are up-to-date and accurate prior to their promotion eligibility cut-off date," said Col Joe Atkins, Air Force Personnel Center Operations Division chief. "All weighted promotion items, such as a decorations and evaluations, must have a close out date no later than the promotion eligibility cut-off date. These items also must be part of the Airman's official record prior to the evaluation board convening, when applicable, or prior to the promotion selection month to be considered during the promotion cycle."

The promotion testing window for Airmen competing for technical and master sergeant will remain the same: Feb. 1-March 31.

Data verification records - or DVRs - for staff and technical sergeants competing for promotion will be available for review in December on the virtual Military Personnel Flight website, Atkins said.

Airmen can review their records in the Personnel Records Display Application, accessible via the myPers website. To access PRDA, go to https://mypers.af.mil and select "view my records (PRDA)" under "I would like to."

When reviewing records, Airmen should ensure EPRs are accurate, that all decorations are reflected, and that their total active federal military service date and their date of rank are correct. If an Airman's record is incomplete or inaccurate (i.e., missing a decoration or inaccurate performance report rating. etc.), then the member should contact his or her servicing military personnel section for assistance.

For more information about the enlisted evaluation system and Weighted Airman Promotion System, visit the myPers website at https://mypers.af.mil. Select "search all components" from the drop down menu and in the search window enter "27948" for enlisted evaluation changes or "27949" for enlisted promotion changes.