June 9, 2006 Release No. 045 Tech, Master promotion rates announced RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - The Air Force has selected 4,613 of 23,230 eligible technical sergeants for promotion to master sergeant, a 19.85 percent selection rate; and 6,904 of 41,186 eligible staff sergeants for promotion to technical sergeant, a 16.76 percent selection rate. The master sergeant selection rate dropped 6.19 percent from last year, while this year's technical sergeant rate dropped 4.25 percent from last year. The Air Force programs the top five enlisted grades to 56 percent of enlisted end strength. The programmed FY07 reduction in total enlisted end strength from 282,822 to 264,424 resulted in lower enlisted promotion quotas. The Air Force will release both promotion lists at 9 a.m. CST, June 15. The complete list of selectees will be posted online on the Air Force Personnel Center's Enlisted Promotions page at http://ask.afpc.randolph.af.mil/EProm/default.asp?prods3=5&prods2=2&prods1=1&cats1=141&p_cats=141 by 5 p.m., CST June 15. Score notices will be available on virtual Military Personnel Flight, or vMPF, June 16. The average master sergeant selectee score for the 06E7 master sergeant test cycle was 313.73 points, based on the following: -- 133.60 Enlisted Performance Reports -- 59.51 Promotion Fitness Exam -- 52.40 Specialty Knowledge Test -- 27.30 Time in Grade -- 35.33 Time in Service -- 10.59 Decorations The average master sergeant selectee has 3.96 years time in grade and 16.95 years in service. Those selected will be promoted to master sergeant from August to July 2007. The average selectee score for the 06E6 technical sergeant test cycle was 281.21 points, based on the following: -- 131.93 Enlisted Performance Reports -- 55.31 Promotion Fitness Exam -- 44.60 Specialty Knowledge Test -- 29.49 Time in Grade -- 20.71 Time in Service -- 3.61 Decorations The average technical sergeant selectee has 4.87 years time in grade and 10.84 years in service. Those selected will be promoted to technical sergeant from August to July 2007. "There are approximately 5,200 non-commissioned officers who haven't tested yet because they are currently deployed or have just returned from a deployment," said Chief Master Sgt. Rusty Nicholson, Air Force Personnel Center's enlisted promotions branch chief. "They will be allowed to test once they return, and will automatically be considered for promotion. Supplemental promotions are announced on a monthly basis until everyone has been considered."