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Last Updated: March 22, 2019

Army promotion points play an important role in your journey from Corporal or Specialist all the way up to Staff Sergeant.

There are 4 categories where you can earn promotion points. These include military training, awards or decorations, military education and civilian education.

Looking for the most current cutoff scores for your MOS?


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You can earn a maximum of 800 points, however the most you will ever need to earn a promotion is 798.

Army Promotion Points Breakdown:

Category SGT SSG
Military Training 340 255
Military Awards & Decorations 165 165
Military Education 200 220
Civilian Education 135 160
Total 800 800

What are the Requirements to Get Promoted?

Eligible Soldiers who meet the following criteria may appear before a promotion board:

Promotion from Corporal (CPL) or Specialist (SPC) to Sergeant (SGT) Requirements:

  • Meet or exceed MOS cutoff score
  • Complete Structured Self Development (SSD) prior to board appearance
  • Pass a promotion board review
  • Graduate the Basic Leader Course (BLC) before they are eligible for consideration for promotion pin-on to SGT
  • Primary zone: CPL/SPC with 36 months TIS and 8 months TIG
  • Secondary zone: CPL/SPC with 18 months TIS and 6 months TIG

Promotion from Sergeant (SGT) to Staff Sergeant (SSG) Requirements:

  • Meet or exceed MOS cutoff score
  • Complete SSD prior to board appearance
  • Pass a promotion board review
  • Graduate the Advanced Leader Course (ALC) before they are eligible for consideration for promotion pin-on to SSG
  • Primary zone: SGT with 72 months TIS and 10 months TIG
  • Secondary zone: SGT with minimum 48 TIS and 7 months TIG

Want to learn more about Army ranks? See our complete guides on Enlisted Army Ranks and Officer Army Ranks.

APRIL 2019 Cut Off Scores

SGT SSG
MOS PZ SZ PZ SZ
09L 40 40 15 15
11B 380 389 15 15
11C 314 329 15 15
12B 234 278 798 798
12C 40 40 15 15
12D 219 798 15 15
12H NA NA 15 15
12K 40 40 NA NA
12M 798 798 15 15
12N 307 321 798 798
12P 40 40 580 798
12R 40 40 NA NA
12T 798 798 15 15
12W 40 40 NA NA
12Y 379 798 15 15
13B 40 40 448 448
13F 40 40 15 15
13J 418 433 15 15
13M 40 40 15 15
13R 456 468 15 15
14E 272 284 15 15
14G 487 487 549 798
14H 309 325 563 563
14P 40 40 15 15
14T 379 393 392 427
15B 584 798 564 798
15D 525 526 798 798
15E 364 473 15 15
15F 575 798 798 798
15G 568 798 798 798
15H 798 798 798 798
15N 798 798 798 798
15P 297 453 798 798
15Q 249 452 15 15
15R 441 454 798 798
15T 283 336 15 15
15U 424 798 15 15
15W 402 798 15 15
15Y 330 358 15 15
17C 40 40 518 521
17E 40 40 798 798
19D 98 102 15 15
19K 40 40 15 15
25B 522 523 477 494
25C 356 454 798 798
25D NA NA 15 15
25E 798 798 15 15
25L 407 476 798 798
25M 517 798 15 15
25N 347 425 798 798
25P 40 40 798 798
25Q 798 798 636 798
25R 475 798 15 15
25S 542 547 653 798
25U 317 317 15 15
25V 570 798 519 798
27D 40 40 15 15
29E (SEE 17E) (SEE 17E)
31B 401 411 562 587
31D 40 40 594 595
31E 40 40 463 537
31K 490 798 407 486
35F 40 40 15 15
35G 798 798 15 15
35L 40 40 480 798
35M 40 40 390 390
35N 515 515 554 556
35P 798 798 798 798
35PAD 798 798 798 798
35PAE 798 798 627 798
35PAP 306 798 541 798
35PAV (SEE 35PAD) (SEE 35PAD)
35PCM 356 798 798 798
35PDG 185 798 471 798
35PFR 798 798 798 798
35PJN 531 798 798 798
35PKP 528 798 798 798
35PPF 798 798 498 798
35PPG (SEE 35PPF) (SEE 35PPF)
35PPU (SEE 35PPV) (SEE 35PPV)
35PPV 798 798 798 798
35PQB 567 798 798 798
35PRU 371 798 468 798
35PTA 798 798 798 798
35Q 798 798 15 15
35S 343 343 476 798
35T 94 388 15 15
36B 531 549 476 476
37F NA NA 798 798
42A 515 515 516 525
42R 619 635 684 692
46Q (SEE 46S) (SEE 46S)
46R (SEE 46S) (SEE 46S)
46S 40 40 798 798
51C NA NA 15 15
56M 40 40 798 798
68A 465 486 575 615
68B 418 421 15 15
68C 388 392 15 15
68D 537 798 798 798
68E 646 798 691 798
68F 40 40 670 798
68G 798 798 798 798
68H 555 555 15 15
68J 798 798 798 798
68K 798 798 798 798
68L 569 798 798 798
68M 530 530 798 798
68N 798 798 798 798
68P 798 798 798 798
68Q 579 579 585 798
68R 798 798 670 798
68S 533 798 15 15
68T 551 553 614 798
68U 798 798 798 798
68V 483 798 715 798
68W 473 475 15 15
68X 482 482 454 472
68Y 40 40 798 798
74D 40 40 15 15
79R NA NA 15 15
79S NA NA 15 15
88H 258 258 526 526
88K 40 40 15 15
88L 40 40 15 15
88M 798 798 15 15
88N 40 40 377 394
89A 40 40 NA NA
89B 418 798 15 15
89D 40 40 15 15
91A 40 40 798 798
91B 798 798 644 644
91C 798 798 798 798
91D 798 798 798 798
91E 798 798 702 702
91F 798 798 798 798
91G (SEE 94Y) NA NA
91H 40 40 462 550
91J 798 798 NA NA
91L 798 798 582 798
91M 40 40 798 798
91P 40 40 15 15
91S 798 798 15 15
92A 798 798 725 798
92F 798 798 798 798
92G 798 798 798 798
92L 132 170 403 403
92M 40 40 15 15
92R 457 457 566 650
92S 40 40 798 798
92W 798 798 798 798
92Y 40 40 798 798
94A 391 798 15 15
94D 260 798 15 15
94E 586 586 798 798
94F 798 798 534 534
94H 798 798 15 15
94M 798 798 473 798
94P 447 798 15 15
94R 798 798 15 15
94S 40 40 400 798
94T 193 798 15 15
94Y 798 798 15 15

Table Legend:

Icon Meaning
+ CLI Promotions to E5
* CLI Promotions E6
+* CLI Promotions E5 + E6

Conclusion

army promotion ceremony

Photo by Sgt Emmanuel Ramos / CC0

As you can see there’s a long list of hoops you’ll need to jump through in order to get promoted.

Not only will you need to earn enough promotion points, you’ll also need to pass the Basic or Advanced Leader Course and complete Structured Self Development courses.

Are having trouble earning enough promotion points to meet the current cutoff scores?

Check back soon as we update this guide with more information on earning points in all 5 categories including military training, awards or decorations, military education and civilian education.