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Langley Air Force Base, VA - Jan 2014: Then Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody speaks to Airmen at the First Term Airman Center to discuss force management issues, budget concerns and the future of the enlisted force with Airmen. (Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Areca T. Wilson)

Airmen in line for promotion are being evaluated under a new Promotion Recommendation Score. Under the change, recent job performance will carry greater weight than past accomplishments.

“Our Air Force values the experience that our airmen bring with them,” Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass said. “The Promotion Recommendation Score is a step in the right direction to ensuring that we recognize that experience, along with sustained superior performance.”

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Under the outgoing system, airmen were awarded points annually based on the number of years they were eligible for promotion. Air Force officials determined that this unfairly could allot fewer overall points to airmen with the same level of performance in a current year, and with more experience, than some colleagues.

The new system bases enlisted performance report points based on accomplishments in the given current year. Airmen with higher performance value would earn more points. Each airman who earns the same rating as his or her colleagues would receive the same point value. Years they have been eligible for promotion would not factor in awarding of points.

The new system also awards experience points for no more than two prior enlisted performance reports (EPRs) in the current pay grade, based on ratings earned in those years. Also, scores will no longer change the value of an earned rating based on the number of times each airman has been eligible for promotion. Rather, full point values are awarded for each rating in a given year.