The Air Force has announced that it will will no longer test senior noncommissioned officers for promotion.  MOZER O. DA CUNHA/U.S AIR FORCE
The Air Force has announced that it will will no longer test senior noncommissioned officers for promotion. MOZER O. DA CUNHA/U.S AIR FORCE

Air Force does away with promotion test for senior NCOs

by Brian Ferguson
Stars and Stripes

Airmen eligible for promotion to master sergeant, senior master sergeant or chief master sergeant will no longer required to pass tests to earn those ranks.

Promotion to the highest three Air Force enlisted ranks will now only include a promotion board score that looks at the last five decades' worth of evaluations and takes all awards and decorations under consideration, according to an Air Force statement released Monday. The changes are scheduled to take effect this September.

“We found that removing the testing portion will eliminate any possibility that Airmen without the strongest leadership potential might test into promotion, while also ensuring that our strongest performers continue to earn the promotion they deserve,” Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright said in a statement.

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