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For questions regarding 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.

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Note: The 2015 Study Guide will be the appropriate study reference material for the 2018 E-8 promotion cycle (and E-8 supplementary testing), beginning in the 1-14 December 2017 testing window. The 2015 SMSgt Study Guide, is available for download above under "Testing to Grade" by selecting 2015 then SMSgt.


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

-Promotion to Master Sergeant

-Promotion to Technical Sergeant

-Promotion to Staff Sergeant

-Promotion to Chief Master Sergeant

***Airman Advancement Division is the new OPR for the AFH 1 v2019 and Study Guides. For any questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the AFH 1, please contact the AFH 1 Program Manager at DSN 487-4075 or pdg@us.af.mil.

How to Use your MKTS Chart?

The MKTS chart consists of letters (A, B, C, & D) and numbers (1, 2, 3, & 4).  The letters indicate the level of understanding for each particular rank to include information that is non-testable. The level of understanding increases as the rank increases. These letters support the professional development of our NCOs and have no correlation to your promotion test. The numbers indicate the importance of the information and any paragraph or section identified with a “4” is non-testable. The non-testable (4) information is not included within your study guide.


So the MKTS chart can help you save time preparing for promotion testing by you 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. This means a good study strategy would involve spending more time understanding the information labeled as a “1” or “2”. You need to know all the information, but some information is deemed more important than others. Finally, the Chiefs who write your promotion test will use the MKTS Chart as a guide to help determine what information should be considered for your promotion test.


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