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Enlisted Promotion Line Numbers





2018 Cycle

All Remaining


2019 Cycle

1035 - 1151


2019 Cycle

1959 - 2390


2019 Cycle

3358 - 4160


2019 Cycle

3760 - 4989


Sequence numbers for the next increment are published as soon as possible after receiving quotas from Headquarters Air Force. If not posted, they are not yet available.

Supplemental Promotion Selects

DVR Review

SNCO Promotion Board

As announced in January 2019, the Air Force will use a promotion board process similar to the board process used by officers effective with the 2019E9/CMSgt promotion cycle, by removing the requirement for senior non-commissioned officers to test for promotion.
Promotion boards will continue to score records using the current scoring process as well as reviewing the last five years’ of evaluations and all awards and decorations. Decoration points will no longer be used because the board will be considering all decorations during its review and scoring records accordingly. “We trust this board process will continue to give senior leaders and commanders the greatest level of confidence that the right individuals are being selected for promotion to the top enlisted ranks.” -- Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright (U.S. Air Force graphics by Kat Bailey)

Stripes for Exceptional Performers program

The Calendar Year 2019 Stripes for Exceptional Performers program has been approved and a total of 180 stripes have been allocated for promotions to the ranks of staff and technical sergeant.


  • No later than Sept. 27:  Organizations WITHOUT quota allocations that will compete at the Air Force Central or Command STEP Boards can submit a maximum of two nominations each
  • By Dec. 31:  Commands and organizations WITH their own STEP quotas must their selections
  • Oct. 7 – 11:  The CY19 Air Force Central and Command Boards will take place virtually

The STEP program is designed to identify and promote the Air Force’s best performing Airmen. Each calendar year, major commands, Field Operating Agency and Direct Reporting Unit commanders and senior Air Force officers with large enlisted populations are authorized to select a limited number of Airmen with exceptional potential for promotion to the ranks of staff and tech. sergeant.

Airmen promoted to the ranks of staff and tech. sergeant must have at least three and five years' total active federal military service, respectively, at time of STEP promotion. A minimum of 23 months’ time-in-grade is required for STEP promotion to tech. sergeant and a minimum of six months TIG for promotion to staff sergeant. 

Program guidelines and nomination criteria can be found on myPers. Select “Any” from the dropdown menu and search “STEP Guidelines.”


There are two supplemental promotion processes; in-system supplemental and senior non-commissioned officer supplemental board. The in-system supplemental is processed monthly in the Weighted Airman Promotion System. Eligible staff sergeants (E-5) through senior master sergeants (E-8) whose weighable data changes in their promotion file compete monthly for promotion consideration.


In-system supplemental consideration also applies to Airmen who test after initial selects have been made, deployed Airmen, or anyone who was unable to test during their normal testing window. The SNCO supplemental board is for those members promotion-eligible to E-7, E-8 and E-9. This board is held twice a year. SNCOs may request to meet the supplemental board if they believe they have a valid request according to Air Force Instruction 36-2502, Enlisted Airman Promotion/Demotion Programs, Table 2.5. With the exception of consideration for a missing Static Close Out Date evaluation, there are no automatic approvals for supplemental board consideration when an Airman's record did not meet a previous board for which they were eligible.

In-system supplemental releases are not conducted during July and August due to the system requirements needed to support the technical and staff sergeant promotion releases. Airmen who are eligible for these months will be considered in the September cycle. The in-system supplemental promotion schedule is available on myPers under “Enlisted” by clicking “Promotion.”

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