HomeHomemyPersPromotionOfficer PromotionsSpecial Selection Boards


Special Selection Boards

Special selection boards, or SSBs, were established as a feature of the Defense Officer Personnel Management Act, which became effective Sept. 15, 1981. 

In addition to considering active duty, Guard and Reserve officers, retired or separated officers are also considered, provided they meet all board requirements.


Seventy-day board (docket) cut-off date: Approximately 70 days prior to an SSB, the Air Force Selection Board Secretariat prepares the board-convening package for the Secretary of the Air Force’s approval. This package establishes which boards will convene at the next scheduled SSB. At this point, no new boards will be added to the SSB schedule. In addition, the 70-day board docket cut-off date is a target date upon which we base board composition and workload. As such, if the SSB exceeds effective workload capacity prior to that point, it is conceivable to expect this date to be adjusted to an earlier point in time.


Thirty-day board (cases) cut-off date: We will continue to accept approved SSB cases (only for boards identified on the board docket) up until 30 days prior to the SSB. This is provided we are able to obtain all necessary documents required to re-create the board (i.e. Promotion Recommendation Forms, Officer Selection Briefs, benchmark records, etc.). To clarify further, an approved SSB case means your application has been evaluated, approved for SSB consideration and provided by the proper approval authority to the Selection Board Secretariat by the established cut-off date. The date on which your package was mailed or received by the reviewing office for SSB approval/disapproval determination is not a considering factor. 

SSB Date*

70-Day Board Docket Cut-Off Date

30-Day Board Cases Cut-Off Date

Jan. 6, 2020

Oct. 28, 2019

Dec. 6, 2019

June 1, 2020

March 23, 2020

May 1, 2020

Sept. 21, 2020

July 13, 2020

Aug. 21, 2020

Note: The SSB dates reflected above are tentative and subject to change 


Records meeting a special selection board will be "aged" to appear as they would have at the original board for which they are being considered. Let’s take an officer scheduled to be considered by the Calendar Year 15A Lieutenant Colonel Board as an example. Any documents (officer performance reports, decorations, etc.) that were not required to be on file by the original board (except those corrected or added retroactively), will be removed from the selection folder.


For those officers who have been granted reconsideration, the Promotion Recommendation Form, or PRF, used by the original board will be inserted in the record. If the officer believes the PRF is no longer accurate because of a correction to the record, then the officer must appeal the PRF under the provisions of AFI 36-2406, Officer and Enlisted Evaluation Systems, prior to the SSB. If the original board never considered the officer, and, because of a correction to his/her service dates is now eligible for consideration, a PRF may be required.


If a PRF is required, the Air Force’s Personnel Center Evaluation Boards Section will request one from the senior rater that would be applicable at the time of the original board. The senior rater and Management Level Evaluation Board president must certify in writing that the rating given on the PRF is the one the officer would have gotten had he/she met the original board.


Special selection board results will be released upon deputy secretary of defense approval of the board results. The approval process can take several months and varies from board to board. Release of board results normally occurs within three to five duty days following the above approval. Results for officers no longer on active duty will be sent to the officer's home address by mail with point of contact information included in the notification.


For retired or separated officers, post-selection actions involving authorization for their new rank will be handled on a case-by-case basis determined by each individual's status. If a retired or separated officer is selected to a higher grade, there may be additional pay-related matters.


Officers can submit applications for SSBs using DD Form 149, Application for Correction of Military Record. Submission of this form requesting an SSB will trigger consideration by AFPC and, if necessary, the Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records, or AFBCMR, is an SSB consideration is not granted by AFPC. Normally appeals are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, under the provisions of AFI 36-2603, Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records. Therefore, the sooner an officer files their appeal, the better chance it will be decided prior to the next regularly scheduled special selection board.


Officers may also request SSBs via Application for Correction/Removal of evaluation report through the virtual Military Personnel Flight. To reasonably ensure an appeal meets a scheduled special selection board, submit the appeal request via vMPF on the AFPC Secure website (this site replaces the AF Form 948). The appeal must arrive at AFPC no later than 90 days prior to the board start date. Requests received less than 90 days prior to the board start date have a reduced chance that a decision will be made before the board cut-off date that you are attempting to meet.

For appeals disapproved at the AFPC level, officers can submit a DD Form 149 to the AFBCMR. Visit the Records Correction section of our Military Personnel Records page for more information about the AFBCMR.


Special Selection Board Section

Comm: 210-565-2277

DSN: 665-2277


Officer Promotion Appeals Section

Comm: 210-565-2483

DSN: 665-2483


Evaluation Appeals (OPRs & PRFs) Section

Comm: 210-565-2571

DSN: 665-2571

SSB Frequently Asked Questions