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Last Updated: May 23, 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?

JUNE 2019: 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

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

JUNE 2019 Cut Off Scores

SGT SSG
MOS PZ SZ PZ SZ
09L 40 40 15 15
11B 148 180 15 15
11C 120 184 15 15
12B 282 287 408 418
12C 40 40 201 201
12D 419 798 15 15
12H NA NA 15 15
12K 40 40 NA NA
12M 324 324 15 15
12N 424 424 516 798
12P 40 40 798 798
12R 40 40 NA NA
12T 378 798 15 15
12W 40 40 NA NA
12Y 375 386 15 15
13B 40 40 401 401
13F 40 40 15 15
13J 377 377 15 15
13M 171 185 15 15
13R 438 440 15 15
14E 323 323 15 15
14G 798 798 448 613
14H 411 798 798 798
14P 40 40 216 216
14T 410 416 462 462
15B 574 798 798 798
15D 798 798 798 798
15E 190 798 15 15
15F 559 591 798 798
15G 798 798 798 798
15H 541 798 798 798
15N 217 798 676 676
15P 431 455 798 798
15Q 286 613 15 15
15R 442 519 472 482
15T 202 348 15 15
15U 345 798 15 15
15W 189 451 15 15
15Y 385 420 15 15
17C 40 40 798 798
17E 40 40 798 798
19D 171 177 15 15
19K 40 40 15 15
25B 471 508 213 347
25C 40 40 398 425
25D NA NA 15 15
25E 798 798 15 15
25L 245 798 550 588
25M 549 798 15 15
25N 348 425 314 364
25P 40 40 798 798
25Q 365 381 458 798
25R 475 798 15 15
25S 498 498 623 623
25U 282 283 15 15
25V 555 798 517 798
27D 190 190 15 15
29E (SEE 17E) (SEE 17E)
31B 385 390 554 554
31D 40 40 798 798
31E 40 40 432 432
31K 618 798 451 798
35F 40 40 15 15
35G 418 485 15 15
35L 40 40 493 539
35M 40 40 535 582
35N 521 532 544 544
35P 798 798 798 798
35PAE 798 798 251 798
35PAP 507 798 405 798
35PAV (SEE 35PAE) (SEE 35PAE)
35PCM 411 798 674 798
35PDG 303 798 402 798
35PFR 798 798 798 798
35PJN 798 798 798 798
35PKP 438 798 798 798
35PPF 798 798 460 798
35PPG (SEE 35PPF) (SEE 35PPF)
35PPU (SEE 35PPV) (SEE 35PPV)
35PPV 798 798 798 798
35PQB 519 798 798 798
35PRU 319 798 585 585
35PTA 798 798 798 798
35Q 250 798 213 213
35S 359 409 510 523
35T 798 798 15 15
36B 563 568 15 15
37F NA NA 15 15
42A 546 553 798 798
42R 605 614 669 677
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 798 798 546 546
68B 462 798 247 247
68C 516 537 15 15
68D 798 798 798 798
68E 643 798 725 798
68F 40 40 798 798
68G 532 798 599 798
68H 576 798 15 15
68J 798 798 628 798
68K 602 798 655 798
68L 545 798 798 798
68M 504 504 444 798
68N 798 798 535 798
68P 602 623 685 798
68Q 536 798 567 798
68R 527 798 630 798
68S 544 638 15 15
68T 629 798 798 798
68U 482 798 443 798
68V 230 798 681 798
68W 447 449 15 15
68X 480 509 798 798
68Y 40 40 129 129
74D 40 40 15 15
79R NA NA 15 15
79S NA NA 335 335
88H 287 391 549 556
88K 40 40 400 400
88L 40 40 15 15
88M 405 407 455 455
88N 40 40 407 407
89A 40 40 NA NA
89B 364 406 437 504
89D 40 40 15 15
91A 40 40 430 431
91B 482 484 687 798
91C 490 546 798 798
91D 526 554 798 798
91E 401 414 674 674
91F 580 798 665 798
91G (SEE 94Y) NA NA
91H 40 40 556 798
91J 798 798 NA NA
91L 798 798 396 396
91M 40 40 798 798
91P 40 40 15 15
91S 798 798 798 798
92A 462 511 689 798
92F 560 561 798 798
92G 385 403 798 798
92L 40 40 798 798
92M 40 40 15 15
92R 449 449 541 594
92S 40 40 798 798
92W 798 798 798 798
92Y 40 40 560 582
94A 40 40 15 15
94D 245 798 15 15
94E 557 798 608 798
94F 558 798 798 798
94H 352 497 15 15
94M 338 798 332 798
94P 173 798 15 15
94R 565 798 451 451
94S 40 40 798 798
94T 40 40 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.