Anyways, Joel made the "select" list for Major, and while I find the process a little bit odd, I'm nevertheless super proud of him! So, we think he's in the first third-ish of selectees, and he said that he thinks he'll be promoted in about 18-24 months. So, basically nothing has changed.
But, just to show that the Air Force has somewhat of a sense of humor about all of this, they had Joel wear extra large cartoon-ish versions of what his new rank will look like. At least they know their rules make no sense, right?