The promotion cutoff scores
for enlisted ranks of the United States Air Force
are determined by how many enlisted members can be promoted each cycle based on end strength and fiscal constraints, then the Air Force Personnel Center
applies that quota equally to each Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC)
based on the total number of eligible airmen. The total score of the last person selected within the quota then becomes the cutoff score for promotion in that AFSC. There is no way to know what the cutoff score will be before the selection process is finished.