The Air Force has selected 574 medical and dental officers for promotion to colonel, lieutenant colonel, and major.
In a Tuesday release, the Air Force Personnel Center said that a promotion board chose 76 lieutenant colonels for promotion to colonel, with a selection rate of 52.3 percent for in-the-zone promotions. Of those, 15 who were selected for colonel are in the Dental Corps and 61 are in the Medical Service Corps.
A board also chose 146 dental and medical service majors for promotion to lieutenant colonel. The selection rate for in-the-zone promotions — the overwhelming majority of these promotions — was 95.8 percent. A statistics sheet provided by AFPC showed that 25 of those are in the Dental Corps and 121 are in the Medical Service Corps.
Another 55 majors in the Biomedical Sciences Corps were also chosen for promotion to lieutenant colonel, with a 50 percent selection rate for in-the-zone promotions.
Finally, the board chose 297 captains for promotion to major, or about 96 percent of the 309 eligible officers. Of those, 45 newly chosen majors are in the Dental Corps, and 252 are in the Medical Service Corps.
Stephen Losey covers leadership and personnel issues as the senior reporter for Air Force Times. He comes from an Air Force family, and his investigative reports have won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. He has traveled to the Middle East to cover Air Force operations against the Islamic State.