Air Force rolls out proposed changes to officer promotion system, seeks feedback

Air Force rolls out proposed changes to officer promotion system, seeks feedback

by Corey Dickstein
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON – The Air Force is planning to overhaul its long-standing officer promotion system this year by dividing its largest category of officers into smaller, more specific groups, the service announced Friday.

The proposed changes would divide the promotion category known as Line of the Air Force, which includes some 87 percent of the service’s commissioned officers, into six categories from which officers would be selected for future promotions, said Lt. Gen. Brian Kelly, the service’s personnel chief. Air Force officials announced the proposed changes via a memorandum to top commanders sent Friday and they are seeking input from airmen on the proposal though their chains of command until July 31.

The changes are meant to “incentivize the right education, training and unique experiences which are going to be important to building the right bench of officers who have diverse experience and capabilities at all levels,” Kelly said. “They allow us more developmental agility to meet evolving mission needs, so that we don’t have this one-size-fits-all process. That agility ultimately lets us provide the best warfighters we can for the nation.”

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