I was promoted this cycle with a "Promote" rating on my EPR. What put me over the competition was my board and test scores. Work is what I did, and work is what helped me. I didn't expect to make it, but gone are the days when you can wait it out and get promoted with your TIG/TIS scores.
How can this be a surprise? 100% of folks don't get promoted unless we are talking about E-2's and E-3's. Promotion opportunity goes down the higher you move up the ladder. Competition will only get more fierce for promotion slots. While I disagree with giving points for decorations (sorry, it's a Marine thing) as it means that Airmen will EXPECT to gat an when they PCS, do outstanding on an Inspection or deployment. You guys take tests, as does the Navy so my hat is off to you all what you have to do to remain competitive. Study, get your PME completed, never.stop.learning or you become irrelevant and you don't get promoted when that happens. Semper Fi.
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