August 18, 2022

Air Force Staff Sergeant Promotions Lowest in Years, Part of Bigger Slowdown


Journalist: Thomas Novelly

Katherine L. Kuzminski, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security think tank who researches military culture, said the Air Force was previously putting a lot of emphasis on technical skills instead of experience, leading many newly enlisted airmen to rapidly rank up.

"The Air Force in particular values technical expertise, and have given airmen a chance to prove it and promote faster than usual," Kuzminski told in an interview. "But they may have not had the experience to lead at the echelon they are being promoted to."

From 2010 through 2021, promotion percentages to staff sergeant hovered anywhere from a high of 51% to 25%, typically well above this year's rate.

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  • Katherine L. Kuzminski

    Deputy Director of Studies, Director, Military, Veterans, and Society Program

    Katherine L. Kuzminski (formerly Kidder) is the Deputy Director of Studies, and the Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society (MVS) Program at CNAS. Her research special...