by Tech. Sgt. Jared Marquis
21st Space Wing Public Affairs
1/13/2016 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- As
Enlisted Forced Distribution rolls out with this year's E6 Enlisted
Performance Reports, Chief Master Sgt. Idalia Peele, 21st Space Wing
command chief, took time Jan. 7 and 8 to explain the process and give
Airmen here the chance to ask questions regarding the way ahead.
"Ultimately, what you've done in the past to get promoted hasn't
changed," said Peele. "The process has changed and the emphasis is more
on performance, but you still need to follow the guidelines in the
(enlisted force structure) handbook."
During the three sessions, Peele talked about rules of engagement, the timeline and the overall effects of EFD on promotion.
One of the main benefits of this process, is it allows commanders input
on the promotion process, said Peele. For technical sergeants and below,
forced distribution limits the top two promotion recommendations a
commander is authorized to give to time-in-grade/time-in-service
promotion-eligible Airmen. The restrictions under forced distribution
are tied to historical promotion rates in each grade and are designed to
ensure those Airmen receiving a top-tier promotion recommendation have a
distinct advantage for promotion while ensuring others remain
competitive for promotion.
The number of promotion recommendations each unit has are based on the
number of promotion-eligible Airmen assigned. Unit commanders with more
than 11 promotion-eligible Airmen can award their own recommendations -
the top 5 percent will be awarded "Promote Now," while the remaining top
15 percent will be awarded "Must Promote."
Those with 10 or fewer promotion eligible will meet the Enlisted Forced
Distribution panel chaired by the Senior Rater, which for the 21st SW is
Col. Douglas Schiess, 21st SW commander. Chief Peele said for the E6
promotion eligibles who will meet the EFD panel, there are 16 total
recommendations available for the Wing.
In addition to the senior rater, commanders who have submitted members
for the recommendations will be part of the panel and have an
opportunity to advocate for their Airmen.
Airmen who receive one of the top two promotion recommendations will
receive a distinct advantage in weighted points relative to their peers.
Currently a "Promote" recommendation is worth 200 points, while a
"Promote Now" is worth 250 points and "Must Promote" 220.
Promotion-eligible Airmen not recommended for promotion receive a "Not
Ready Now" (150 points) or "Do Not Promote" (50 points).
"EFD has brought a much needed change to our promotion system," Peele
said. "This process will allow commanders to influence the promotion of
those who are truly superior performers."