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Senior Airman

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Senior Airman is the fourth enlisted rank in the U.S. Air Force, just above Airman First Class and below Staff Sergeant. It is abbreviated SrA and has a US military pay grade of E-4.

The Air Force promotes Airmen to SrA upon a commander's recommendation after 36 months time in service and 20 months time in the grade of Airman First Class (A1C), or 28 months time in A1C, whichever comes first. Outstanding A1Cs, limited to less than 10 percent, may be promoted to SrA six months early, a competitive process called "below the zone." SrA are expected to be technically proficient and begin to develop leadership skills.

Formerly, this grade had two separate titles: Sergeant, whose holders were considered non-commissioned officers, and Senior Airman, whose holders were not and were the equivalents of Specialists in the Army. SrA were promoted to Sergeant after 12 months time in grade and completion of the now-defunct Noncommissioned Officer Preparatory Course. The last Air Force promotions to Sergeant were effective May 1, 1991.

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U.S. military enlisted ranks

  E-1 E-2 E-3 E-4 E-5 E-6 E-7 E-8 E-9
Air Force: AB Amn A1C SRA SSgt TSgt MSgt SMSgt CMSgt -

CCM - CMSAF

Army: PV1 PV2 PFC SPC -

CPL

SGT SSG SFC MSG -

1SG

SGM -

CSM - SMA

Marine Corps: Pvt PFC LCpl Cpl Sgt SSgt GySgt MSgt -

1st Sgt

MGySgt -

SgtMaj - SMOMC

Navy: SR SA SN PO3 PO2 PO1 CPO SCPO MCPO -

CMCPO - MCPON

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