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Testing and cutoff dates announced for staff, technical sergeants looking to move up

Staff sergeants competing for promotion to technical sergeant next year will get an extra month of eligibility, the Air Force announced Friday.

The promotion eligibility cutoff for staff sergeants has been moved from Dec. 31 to Jan. 31. The testing window will be Feb. 1 to March 31, and a new closeout date for staff sergeant enlisted evals will be announced this month, the service said.

Staff sergeants who want to test for technical sergeant must have at least five years of time in service and 23 months of time in grade.

The promotion eligibility cutoff for technical sergeants has been moved is now Nov. 30 instead of Dec. 31. The new cutoff aligns with the Nov. 30 closeout for enlisted evals for all technical sergeants, announced last month.

The testing window for promotion to master sergeant also is Feb. 1 to March 31.

Technical sergeants who want to test for master sergeant must have at least eight years of time in service and 24 months of time in grade.

The changes are part of an 18-month rollout of the Air Force's new evaluation and promotion system for enlisted airmen that will eventually eliminated numerical ratings and time in grade and time in service points.

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