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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 5 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?

SEPTEMBER 2017: 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 125 165
Military Education 260 280
Civilian Education 75 100
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.

September 2017 Cut Off Scores

SGTSSG
MOS PZ SZ PZ SZ
09L+ 39 40 798 798
11B+ 39 40 387 387
11C* 138 467 14 15
12B+* 39 40 14 15
12C+* 39 40 14 15
12D* 798 798 14 15
12H NA NA 265 798
12K 798 798 NA NA
12M* 473 798 14 15
12N+* 39 40 14 15
12P+ 39 40 506 798
12R+ 39 40 NA NA
12T+* 39 40 14 15
12W+ 39 40 NA NA
12Y* 414 798 14 15
13B+ 39 40 401 402
13D* 798 798 14 15
13F+* 39 40 14 15
13M+* 39 40 14 15
13P+* 39 40 14 15
13R* 450 477 14 15
13T 798 798 798 798
14E* 322 407 14 15
14G+* 39 40 14 15
14H+ 39 40 798 798
14P+ 39 40 798 798
14T* 401 415 14 15
15B 544 798 550 798
15D 433 475 631 798
15E+* 39 40 14 15
15F 582 798 798 798
15G 542 798 648 798
15H 441 615 481 798
15J 798 798 798 798
15N+ 39 40 601 647
15P 314 360 564 609
15Q* 445 481 14 15
15R* 290 408 14 15
15S 798 798 798 798
15T* 364 411 14 15
15U* 182 318 14 15
15W* 470 521 14 15
15Y+* 39 40 14 15
17C+* 39 40 14 15
19D+* 39 40 14 15
19K+* 39 40 14 15
25B 541 554 649 798
25C 461 798 644 798
25D* NA NA 14 15
25E* 798 798 14 15
25L 798 798 798 798
25M 712 798 798 798
25N 386 798 508 554
25P 414 798 798 798
25Q+ 39 40 570 576
25R 664 798 798 798
25S 514 627 635 661
25U 422 424 623 630
25V 579 798 798 798
27D* 296 307 14 15
29E 798 798 423 465
31B 379 420 619 620
31D+ 39 40 798 798
31E 373 388 467 467
31K 528 798 500 798
35F* 467 479 14 15
35G+* 39 40 14 15
35L+ 39 40 634 696
35M 535 565 612 621
35N 521 524 534 534
35P 798 798 798 798
35PCM 512 798 798 798
35PFR+ 39 40 798 798
35PKP 798 798 662 798
35PPF 542 798 598 798
35PRU 297 798 527 798
35Q+ 39 40 798 798
35S 544 798 798 798
35T+ 39 40 526 552
36B 663 798 798 798
37F NA NA 662 798
42A 500 500 626 631
42R 579 588 659 659
46Q+ 39 40 430 654
46R+ 39 40 798 798
51C NA NA 798 798
56M 413 486 637 638
68A* 798 798 14 15
68B 230 230 798 798
68C+* 39 40 14 15
68D 798 798 798 798
68E 659 798 740 798
68F+ 39 40 798 798
68G 474 798 537 798
68H 555 798 798 798
68J* 537 554 14 15
68K 591 591 717 717
68L 798 798 798 798
68M* 546 615 14 15
68N 798 798 798 798
68P 618 798 678 798
68Q 568 798 798 798
68R* 798 798 14 15
68S* 798 798 14 15
68T 520 520 581 798
68U+ 39 40 798 798
68V 798 798 723 798
68W* 527 530 14 15
68X* 530 530 14 15
68Y+ 39 40 305 305
74D+ 39 40 469 483
79R* NA NA 14 15
79S* NA NA 14 15
88H+ 39 40 599 798
88K+ 39 40 462 462
88L 392 798 309 309
88M+ 39 40 395 475
88N+ 39 40 453 460
89A+ 39 40 NA NA
89B+* 39 40 14 15
89D* 744 798 14 15
91A+* 39 40 14 15
91B+ 39 40 608 629
91C 451 589 742 798
91D 481 507 717 798
91E 409 432 798 798
91F 504 798 798 798
91G+ 39 40 NA NA
91H+ 39 40 578 655
91J 548 555 NA NA
91L+ 39 40 479 479
91M+* 39 40 14 15
91P+* 39 40 14 15
91S 472 798 798 798
92A 503 513 668 679
92F 365 365 550 557
92G+* 39 40 14 15
92L 560 560 798 798
92M 457 798 480 480
92R+* 39 40 14 15
92S 612 798 798 798
92W+ 39 40 581 798
92Y+ 39 40 590 593
94A+ 39 40 798 798
94D 412 457 798 798
94E 503 615 798 798
94F 798 798 658 798
94H+* 39 40 14 15
94M 798 798 798 798
94P+ 39 40 731 798
94R 474 798 798 798
94S 798 798 798 798
94T* 563 798 14 15
94Y* 798 798 14 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.