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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?

August 2018: Click here to jump to the entire MOS list below


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

Editor’s Note: See our complete guides on Enlisted Army Ranks and Officer Army Ranks.

AUGUST 2018 Cut Off Scores

SGTSSG
MOS PZ SZ PZ SZ
09L 40 40 15 15
11B 40 40 15 15
11C 355 355 15 15
12B 40 40 15 15
12C 40 40 15 15
12D 339 798 15 15
12H NA NA 439 519
12K 40 40 NA NA
12M 424 798 15 15
12N 339 347 15 15
12P 40 40 15 15
12R 40 40 NA NA
12T 40 40 15 15
12W 40 40 NA NA
12Y 540 540 15 15
13B 40 40 302 344
13F 40 40 15 15
13J 798 798 15 15
13M 40 40 15 15
13R 511 511 15 15
14E 179 474 15 15
14G 798 798 15 15
14H 204 313 525 543
14P 40 40 287 287
14T 414 508 15 15
15B 798 798 798 798
15D 588 798 552 798
15E 509 543 15 15
15F 533 798 712 798
15G 555 558 558 798
15H 453 798 301 798
15N 185 185 652 798
15P 525 798 594 798
15Q 402 405 15 15
15R 495 539 15 15
15T 431 536 15 15
15U 528 533 15 15
15W 495 504 15 15
15Y 798 798 15 15
17C 461 798 610 610
19D 40 40 15 15
19K 40 40 15 15
25B 525 546 287 460
25C 411 511 260 798
25D NA NA 15 15
25E 798 798 15 15
25L 478 798 493 798
25M 621 798 494 798
25N 441 442 15 15
25P 40 40 549 564
25Q 40 40 15 15
25R 798 798 15 15
25S 356 356 498 508
25U 398 398 15 15
25V 537 798 579 579
27D 40 40 15 15
29E 40 40 424 798
31B 414 430 567 569
31D 40 40 798 798
31E 40 40 365 365
31K 535 798 220 798
35F 265 280 15 15
35G 206 331 15 15
35L 40 40 485 485
35M 40 40 581 581
35N 503 505 15 15
35P 798 798 798 798
35PAD 798 798 798 798
35PAE 477 798 798 798
35PAP 297 798 615 798
35PAV 798 798 798 798
35PAZ 798 798 798 798
35PCM 798 798 798 798
35PDG 798 798 798 798
35PFR 798 798 798 798
35PJN 798 798 798 798
35PKP 483 798 798 798
35PPF 133 798 798 798
35PPG 133 798 798 798
35PPU 349 798 798 798
35PPV 349 798 798 798
35PPW 349 798 798 798
35PQB 798 798 798 798
35PRU 390 798 798 798
35PTA 798 798 798 798
35Q 462 798 421 798
35S 413 798 549 567
35T 274 414 15 15
36B 529 529 350 512
37F NA NA 721 798
42A 459 462 15 15
42R 798 798 798 798
46Q 40 40 15 15
46R 40 40 631 798
51C NA NA 15 15
56M 40 40 551 583
68A 518 798 15 15
68B 798 798 15 15
68C 531 798 15 15
68D 619 798 798 798
68E 679 691 736 736
68F 40 40 798 798
68G 481 510 422 422
68H 798 798 15 15
68J 531 531 625 798
68K 607 798 702 798
68L 798 798 561 798
68M 798 798 15 15
68N 40 40 798 798
68P 589 603 686 798
68Q 599 798 669 669
68R 616 798 15 15
68S 497 569 15 15
68T 546 798 628 798
68U 40 40 798 798
68V 798 798 707 798
68W 510 510 15 15
68X 439 457 468 573
68Y 40 40 798 798
74D 40 40 15 15
79R NA NA 15 15
79S NA NA 15 15
88H 251 294 521 521
88K 40 40 15 15
88L 200 252 798 798
88M 358 358 15 15
88N 40 40 396 414
89A 40 40 NA NA
89B 40 40 15 15
89D 585 798 15 15
91A 40 40 398 433
91B 40 40 603 611
91C 798 798 716 716
91D 489 505 701 798
91E 573 798 661 798
91F 470 616 798 798
91G 40 40 NA NA
91H 40 40 656 798
91J 599 798 NA NA
91L 40 40 468 798
91M 40 40 15 15
91P 40 40 15 15
91S 275 301 341 798
92A 479 505 715 715
92F 458 464 615 798
92G 40 40 15 15
92L 369 369 483 697
92M 40 40 15 15
92R 40 40 355 355
92S 40 40 586 620
92W 285 285 675 675
92Y 40 40 581 581
94A 40 40 15 15
94D 409 798 299 798
94E 497 509 579 798
94F 541 552 15 15
94H 307 798 15 15
94M 40 40 506 798
94P 40 40 15 15
94R 296 798 15 15
94S 208 227 573 798
94T 358 798 15 15
94Y 798 798 15 15

Table Legend:

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

Conclusion

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.