Posted on Feb 28, 2014
MSgt Idmt (Independent Duty Medical Technician)
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For all the interested parties, HQ AF is discussing this week whether or not to begin performing a Records Review Board for promotion to E-7.  This would be quite a change from the TIG/TIS points currently used to determine cutoff scores.  More emphasis would be on your actual performance/ability, rather than the amount of time you've spent in the military.

What are your thoughts on this process?  Good/Bad? Effective/Ineffective?  Share your thoughts here!
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This is an awesome thing and should have happened years ago.  We the AF are the only ones that don't do it.  By only promoting based on technical scores (SKT) and PDG, we are promoting people that are really technically proficient which does not always make for the best managers and leaders.  Using the test scores as the “hurdle” to get boarded would eliminate those that don’t score well, then the board would promote those that have shown sustained performance and leadership potential.   


Had this happen long ago, I know of quite a few individuals that I have had the pleasure to work for that would have never gotten promoted.  Being technically skilled does not always correlate to being able to help Airmen, which is ultimately what MSgts are required to do.

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MSgt Idmt (Independent Duty Medical Technician)
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Thanks for you feedback!
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SFC Michael Hasbun
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Is there any official rationale on why they never screened candidates in the first place?
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MSgt Idmt (Independent Duty Medical Technician)
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Up until this year's proposed change, Personnel Review Boards have only been accomplished on promotion to E-8 and E-9 in the Air Force. This change would bring forth boards for all SNCOs.
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I think the change is something the AF needs. Now people wont be able to just test well, sew on and then retire at 20. 
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I personally love it, just in my career alone there is about 280 MSgt and only about 130ish promotable. This tells the AF that some are doing what is needed to excel and some are just sitting around collecting paychecks. By have a board this will slow the numbers and place the correct individuals in that specific rank.
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MSgt Idmt (Independent Duty Medical Technician)
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I am, personally, in favor of the potential change.  While I am honored to serve with many E-6s that have years of additional knowledge on me, the fact of the matter is that many of them fail to test well.  This becomes a crutch for my promotion odds, as I am now competing against many Techs that don't have a desire to be promoted, but still hold 48+ points advantage due to their time in service/grade.

Bottom line - Many innovative leaders are striving to promote, and often have the leadership to back it up.  They are simply held back due other "less qualified" NCOs with a few more years in the military.
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SSgt Emergency Action Controller
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Definitely agree with you on all of this! Great explanation.
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