The Air Force has selected 13,269 airmen for promotion to staff sergeant out of 39,260 considered, for a 33.8 percent selection rate, the Air Force Personnel Center announced Wednesday.

However, the list of selectees will not be posted until Aug. 20, AFPC said in a news release.

This is the first staff sergeant promotion cycle to incorporate such Weighted Airman Promotion System changes as minimum promotion fitness examination and skills knowledge test scores, as well as lower time in service and time in grade, AFPC said.

Staff sergeant announcements typically come in early August, meaning this year's will be later than in most years. AFPC has not yet said why the staff sergeant announcement is coming later in the month.

The 2014 announcement came July 10, but that promotion cycle's testing window was moved up to ensure senior airmen who were selected for promotion didn't have to face an enlisted retention board as part of the force management process.

The E-5 announcements in 2011, 2012 and 2013 came on Aug. 4, 2 and 1, respectively. The 2010 announcement came on Aug. 19 that year.

The Air Force said in May that there would be 48,783 airmen eligible to test for staff sergeant this year. Last year, the Air Force selected 9,403 of 36,739 eligible airmen for promotion, for a selection rate of 25.6 25.59 percent.

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