The U.S. Air Force has announced changes to the Stripes for Exceptional Performers (STEP) program, which is designed to promote enlisted Airmen early who demonstrate exceptional potential. The changes will take effect immediately. Major changes include increasing the number of stripes commanders can award and adjusting the timelines for the program. For fiscal year 2018, officials have increased the number of stripes available from 96 to 180. Also, the timing of the STEP process will shift to no earlier than September. The Air Force Personnel Center will release full guidelines for the FY 2018 STEP process, including quotas for all MAJCOMs, COCOMs and units meeting the central board, via myPers.
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