USAF Strikes Officer Promotion Boards in 2024 to Line Up with Efficiency Report Dates

A 12 months after transitioning to standardized “static” closeout dates for officers’ efficiency experiences, the Air Pressure will align its promotion boards with the change in 2024, the service introduced Aug. 23. 

With the transfer, officers may have a efficiency report inside six months of promotion boards—the identical as enlisted Airmen. To make that transition occur, some ranks may have two promotion boards scheduled in 2024, whereas others may have none. 

Promotions boards for many main Line of the Air Pressure classes will shift again from the top of 2024 to January and February 2025, that means these classes may have no boards in 2024. 

Conversely, all lieutenant colonel classes may have their boards moved from the spring of 2025 to November 2024. For each majors and lieutenant colonel boards, the shift in schedule is not going to have an effect on eligibility primarily based on dates of rank and projected pin-on dates, a service launch famous. 

“Maximizing alignment of promotion boards to SCODs represents a strategic step towards enhancing our expertise administration choices,” deputy chief of workers for manpower, personnel, and companies Lt. Gen. Caroline Miller stated in an announcement. “This additionally gives transparency and consistency which can be cornerstones of our promotion and analysis system.” 

The Air Pressure introduced the transfer to static closeout dates (SCODs) in February 2022 and applied them beginning in October of that 12 months: 

  • Colonels by Feb. 28 
  • Lieutenant colonels and majors by Might 31 
  • Captains by Aug. 31 
  • First and second lieutenants by Oct. 31 

The service equally cited the significance of predictability and transparency in transferring to SCODs. Miller’s predecessor, Lt. Gen. Brian T. Kelly, stated it could give officers a “extra full understanding of their efficiency evaluation, their strengths and weaknesses, and the place they stand amongst their friends.” 

The Air Pressure transitioned to static closeout dates for the enlisted power again in 2014, with officers saying on the time that they might guarantee a degree taking part in discipline for Airmen and release time for raters. Way back to 2018, leaders stated they had been considering an identical change for officers. 

The shift in schedule is simply the newest change within the Air Pressure’s officer promotion boards—in January, Air Pressure Secretary Frank Kendall introduced a transfer to “unmask” superior levels for potential majors and lieutenant colonels. The choice reversed an eight-year-old coverage that hid these particulars from promotion board members. In a memo explaining the change, Kendall cited the worth of superior experience in countering rising navy threats from China and Russia.