Air Force switching to two-line promotion recommendation forms for officers


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The Air Force is transitioning to a new two-line promotion recommendation form for officers, effective in September.

This initiative, which impacts the total force, was approved by the secretary of the Air Force in April and will be implemented by the Air Reserve Component during the calendar year 2019 USAFR colonel promotion board, convening Oct. 21.

Senior raters may present their comments in bullet format and content will be reduced from nine lines to two lines, clearly communicating to the promotion board why the board should or should not promote an officer.

Promotion recommendation forms were created with the intent to document the senior official’s performance-based assessment of an officer’s potential to serve in the next higher grade. In order to abide by the original intent of the promotion recommendation form and provide full transparency to officers, this new initiative focuses on the documented record of performance and enhances the senior rater’s voice directly to the promotion board.

The promotion recommendation form will no longer be a summary of information contained in the officer’s record, but instead will allow the senior rater to provide performance-based differentiation and characterization of the eligible office’s potential to serve in the next higher grade.

Comments or pushes for items that are decided through other processes or means such as developmental education and assignments are not authorized on the new promotion recommendation form.

Stratification guidelines for promotion recommendation forms have also changed and provide the promotion board a better potential-based differentiation of officers. The use of stratification statements from anyone other than the senior rater is prohibited and a senior rater may not quote stratification from another evaluator or source.

For information and guidance regarding the changes to the promotion recommendation form, visit the ARPC website or search “officer promotions”
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