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WAPS Calculation

It is extremely important you understand how to compute your WAPS points. Just using the calculator isn’t good enough, you as a member of the Air Force should know where your points come from. Calculating points is pretty straight forward. If you have trouble figuring it out, grab a pencil, piece of paper, your SURF and your supervisor. If your supervisor doesn’t understand it, grab their supervisor.

SSgt/TSgt Points

  • EPRs
  • Decs
  • PFE
  • SKT

MSgt Points

  • Board
  • Decs
  • PFE
  • SKT

SMSgt/CMSgt Points

  • Board
  • Decs
  • PFE

How to Calculate EPR Points

An Airman (E4/E5) with one TIG eligible Force Distributed (FD) EPR: The FD EPR will account for 100% of the total EPR score (all Airmen will have only one FD EPR for the 2016 cycles).

An Airman (E4/E5) with two TIG eligible FD EPR’s: The top FD EPR will account for 60% of the total EPR score, and the bottom FD EPR will account for 40% of the total EPR score, compiling 100% of the maximum score of 250 points.

An Airman (E4/E5) with three TIG eligible FD EPR’s: The top FD EPR will account for 50% of the total EPR score. The middle FD EPR will account for 30% of the total EPR score and the bottom FD EPR will account for 20% of the total EPR score.

Note: Starting with the 16E7 promotion board, EPR points were eliminated as a separate rated factor and combined into a composite board score.

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Force Distribution EPR Calculation Examples

FD EPR Calculation with one EPR on file: An Airman with one Time in Grade (TIG) FD EPR with a rating of “Promote Now” will receive the maximum weighted points of 250. Note: Although an Airman with a “DNP” FD EPR will receive 50 weighted points, this EPR renders the Airman ineligible for promotion consideration (referral report) and the 50 weighted points are calculated into the point model, at the applicable percentage, once the Airman becomes promotion eligible.

1 EPR on promotion file (Top and Only EPR i.e., First time eligible for promotion)

Single EPR Rating (Weighted 100%) = XX points

EPR rating

Points

PN

250 pts

MP

220 pts

P

200 pts

NRN

150 pts

DNP

50 pts

Force Distribution EPR Calculation with two EPRs on file: An Airman with two TIG eligible FD EPR’s with a rating of “Most Promote” for the top FD EPR and a rating of “Promote” for the second FD EPR will receive a total of 212 points; 132 points for the top FD EPR and 80 points for the bottom FD EPR.

2 EPRs on promotion file (Top and second EPR i.e., Second time eligible for promotion)

Top EPR Rating (Weighted 60%) = XX points

EPR rating

Points

PN

150 pts

MP

132 pts

P

120 pts

NRN

90 pts

DNP

30 pts

Bottom EPR Rating (Weighted 40%) = XX points

EPR rating

Points

PN

100 pts

MP

88 pts

P

80 pts

NRN

60 pts

DNP

20 pts

Force Distribution EPR Calculation with three EPRs on file: An Airman with three TIG eligible FD EPR’s with a rating of “Promote Now” for the top FD EPR, a rating of “Promote Now” for the middle FD EPR and a rating of “Must Promote” for the FD bottom EPR will receive a total of 244 points; 125 points for the top FD EPR, 75 points for the middle FD EPR, and 44 points for the bottom FD EPR.

3 EPRs on promotion file (top, middle and bottom EPR i.e., third time eligible for promotion)

Top EPR Rating (Weighted 50%) = XX points

EPR rating

Points

PN

125 pts

MP

110 pts

P

100 pts

NRN

75 pts

DNP

25 pts

Middle EPR Rating (Weighted 30%) = XX points

EPR rating

Points

PN

75 pts

MP

66 pts

P

60 pts

NRN

45 pts

DNP

15 pts

Bottom EPR Rating (Weighted 20%) = XX points

EPR rating

Points

PN

50 pts

MP

44 pts

P

40 pts

NRN

30 pts

DNP

10 pts

 

How to Calculate Your Decoration Points

A maximum of 25 points is allowed to be used for WAPS. Each decoration carries a point value to it. The only decorations that earn points are listed below. It is important to understand how decorations work and when to submit them so they will count for a promotion cycle. “The decoration closeout date must be on or before the promotion eligibility cutoff date. The “prepared” date of the DECOR 6 recommendation for decoration printout must be before the date Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center made the selections for promotion. Fully document resubmitted decorations (downgraded, lost, etc.) and verify they were placed into official channels before the selection date.” AFH 1

I have personally known individuals that missed promotion to the next grade because they did not get their decoration in before the PECD. In one case, a member missed promotion by less than a point and had an Air Medal submitted 3 days after the PECD. In another case, a member missed promotion by a point and didn’t check their records. Turned out, they had a missing AFCM that was never uploaded to AFPC. That person eventually got it overturned and back pay was awarded. Point is, check your records and press your supervisors/leadership if it’s possible to get a decoration in before a PECD.

Specialty Knowledge Test (SKT): 100 points. For SSgt/TSgt/MSgt. Test covers knowledge of a member’s AFSC. Base individual score on number correct (two decimal places). A minimum Specialty Knowledge Test score of 40 points is required (a combine score of 90 Specialty Knowledge Test/Promotion Fitness Exam points is required).

Promotion Fitness Exam (PFE): 100 points. For SSgt/TSgt/MSgt/SMSgt/CMSgt. Test covers knowledge of AFH 1. Base individual score on number correct (two decimal places). A minimum Promotion Fitness Exam score of 40 points is required (a combine score of 90 points Specialty Knowledge Test/Promotion Fitness Exam is required) Airmen testing Promotion Fitness Exam only are required to score a minimum of 45 points

How to Calculate Your Board Score (MSgt-CMSgt)

Board Score: 450 points. Each panel member scores each record, using a 6- to 10-point scale and half-point increments. An individual’s record may receive a panel composite score (3 members) from a minimum of 18 (6 – 6 – 6) to a maximum of 30 (10 – 10 – 10) points. The composite score (18 to 30 points) is later multiplied by a factor of 15, resulting in a total board score (270 to 450). Example: Panel composite score 8 + 8.5 + 8 = 24.5 24.5 x 15 = 367.5 Board Score.

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