The Air Force on Thursday released the list of more than 11,000 airmen who have been selected for promotion to staff sergeant.
Out of 34,078 eligible senior airmen, the Air Force selected 11,212 for promotion. The 32.9 percent selection rate is the lowest in 15 years, and down significantly from the 40.68 percent rate in 2012.
The last time selection rate was this low was in 1998, when 11,033 senior airmen, or 22.65 percent of those eligible, were promoted. The 2013 numbers are a far cry from 2001, when 20,793 senior airmen, or 64.63 percent of those eligible, were promoted.
Competition for promotion was tough this year. The average score for selectees was 291.07 — the highest in at least five years, and well above the average 283.3 score in 2012.
This year’s selectees had an average time-in-grade of 1.98 years, and an average time-in-service of 4.51 years. That is higher than in 2012, when the average time-in-grade was 1.93 years and the average time-in-service was 4.45 years.
Selectees’ average promotion fitness examination score was 64.77, and the average specialty knowledge test score was 63.48.
The list omits 38 names for secrecy reasons.