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The list of 454 senior master sergeants selected for promotion to chief master sergeant will be released at 9 a.m. Thursday, the Air Force Personnel Center announced today.
The new E-9s were selected by an evaluation board that met in October and will join the ranks of less than 1 percent of the service's enlisted force.
The senior noncommissioned officers who made the cut this year were selected from a pool of 1,981 eligible senior master sergeants — 9 percent fewer eligible than last year, when the applicant pool was 2,201. The selection rate, however, is slightly up from 22.3 percent last year to 22.9 percent this year.
The E-8s who will add a stripe have served, on average, 3.04 years as senior master sergeants and have been in the Air Force an average of 22 years. Last year, airmen had just shy of an average three years time in grade but an average 23 years in service. The average score for selectees this year was 665.84, a big jump from the average score of 616 in 2011.
Airmen will be able to see their scores on the virtual military personnel flight and the Air Force portal. The new chief master sergeants will sew on their new stripes monthly starting in January, depending on their promotion sequence order. Selections are tentative until the verification process is completed within 10 days of the promotion release date.
For the list, check here on Thursday.