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Enlisted Promotion Test Cycle Information

For questions regarding appropriate enlisted promotion study material, refer to the EPRRC (Enlisted Promotions References and Requirements Catalog), located on the AF Portal under quick links, or go directly to: https://www.omsq.af.mil/index.htm.


Air Force Handbook 1, Airman (AFH 1) v2017 and the 2017 Enlisted Promotion Study Guides will support the 2018 and 2019 promotion (and supplementary) testing cycles:

- Promotion to Senior Master Sergeant (*2018 supplementary testing - see notice below)

- Promotion to Master Sergeant

- Promotion to Technical Sergeant

- Promotion to Staff Sergeant

- Promotion to Chief Master Sergeant

Notice for 2018 E-8 supplementary testing: The 2015 Study Guide and MKTS v2015 will be the appropriate study reference material for the 2018 E-8  supplementary test. The 2015 SMSgt Study Guide is available for download here (above) by clicking on "Enlisted Promotion Study Guides." Scroll over "AFH 1 (Study Guides) v2015", then select "Testing to SMSgt."

For any questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the AFH 1 or the Enlisted Promotion Study Guides, please contact the AFH 1 Program Manager at DSN 487-4075, Comm 210-652-4075, (new) afh@us.af.mil, or pdg@us.af.mil.

How to Use your MKTS Chart?

Quick Access to the 2017 MKTS: 2017 Military Knowledge and Testing System Chart.docx

The MKTS chart (located in the study guides as attachment 1) consists of letters (A, B, C, & D) and numbers (1, 2, 3, & 4).  

The letters indicate the desired level of understanding applicable to each particular rank as Air Force Professionals.

The numbers indicate the importance of the information to each particular rank as Air Force Professionals.

Note: Sections identified with “4” indicate that the information in that section is valuable to a particular rank as Air Force Professionals, but the section is NOT testable.

Note: Sections identified with "N/A" indicate that the information is NOT required of a particular rank as Air Force Professionals, and is NOT testable.

The MKTS chart can help you save time preparing for promotion testing by using the numbers identified within each paragraph or section. These numbers let you know what information is the most important to know for your particular grade. A good study strategy would involve spending more time understanding the information labeled as a “1” or “2”, but that as an Air Force Professional, you should take some time to look through all information pertaining to the rank you are seeking. The team of Chief Master Sergeants who write the promotion tests use the MKTS Chart as a guide to develop test questions applicable to each 'testing to' grade.

Attention: If your particular grade is identified as using the AFH 1 v2015 and Enlisted Promotion Study Guide for promotion testing, you will want to reference the MKTS v2015. The MKTS v2015 is located in the AFH 1 v2015 as Attachment 2. It is also located in each of the 2015 Enlisted Promotion Study Guides.