The board of personnel charged with promoting the most qualified Master Sergeants convenes in October and this daunting task will take them into December. A big part of the selection process is providing an updated photo to the board. This is where they scrutinize everything from an individual's weight, proper wear of ribbons, tattoos, uniform fit and whatever else they decide to zoom in on.
The photo must be taken within a year from the current selection board and I happened to take mine last week. I don't think I'll have any issues, so it boils down to how competitive I am on paper.