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Officers are positioned for promotion sequence based on the following criteria, applied in the order listed:


-Current Grade Date of Rank

-Previous grade date of rank, if applicable

-Total Active Federal Commissioned Service

-Total Federal Commissioned Service

-Regular officers will precede Reserve officers.  Regular officers will rank among themselves based on date of Presidential nomination for appointment as a Regular officer

-Regular Air Force acceptance date; based on the date of the Air Force Form 133, Oath of Office

-Graduates of Service academies, appointed as Regular officers and assigned the same date of rank, on the active duty list in order of their graduation class standing

-Date of birth, with the earliest date taking precedence

-Reverse social security number, with the lowest number taking precedence


You may locate your promotion line number on vMPF.


Here are the instructions:

-Log on to the vMPF

-On the main page under “Most Popular Applications,” select “Record Review”

-Select “Promotion;” your line number is displayed on the page


Promotion increments are posted quarterly on myPers 45 days prior to the beginning of the quarter. Promotion increments outside the published 3-month window are subject to change, especially the last quarter of the fiscal year as the Air Force must meet mandatory Defense Officer Personnel Management Act and end-strength levels by the end of each fiscal year.


Pin-on plans should not be finalized until increments are officially posted. It is recommended officers hold pin-on ceremonies on the last duty day before the effective date of an officer's promotion. The officer being promoted may not wear the new rank until the actual promotion effective date. The promotion is not effective until the date specified on the promotion order and any early ceremony will not affect the officer's pay, seniority or entitlements.


Promotions will consummate and flow to the Defense Finance and Accounting Services files on the promotion effective date, but they will not change in the Military Personnel Data System or virtual MPF until the day after the promotion.

Colonel Promotion Increments
Lieutenant Colonel Promotion Increments
Major Promotion Increments