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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.


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.

April 2017 Cut Off Scores

SGTSSG
MOS PZ SZ PZ SZ
09L 432 432 389 389
11B+* 39 40 14 15
11C+* 39 40 14 15
12B+* 39 40 14 15
12C+* 39 40 14 15
12D+* 39 40 14 15
12H NA NA 532 798
12K 510 798 NA NA
12M* 798 798 14 15
12N+ 39 40 494 798
12P+* 39 40 14 15
12R 457 798 NA NA
12T+* 39 40 14 15
12W+ 39 40 NA NA
12Y* 533 798 14 15
13B+* 39 40 14 15
13D* 367 482 14 15
13F+* 39 40 14 15
13M+* 39 40 14 15
13P+* 39 40 14 15
13R* 798 798 14 15
13T 798 798 798 798
14E+* 39 40 14 15
14G+* 39 40 14 15
14H+ 39 40 447 447
14P+* 39 40 14 15
14S 39 40 14 15
14T* 272 326 14 15
15B 490 798 547 798
15D 440 518 594 798
15E+* 39 40 14 15
15F 539 798 633 798
15G 569 798 656 798
15H+ 39 40 603 617
15J 798 798 798 798
15N+ 39 40 613 798
15P 405 407 598 613
15Q* 427 437 14 15
15R 321 438 377 798
15S 798 798 798 798
15T* 287 303 14 15
15U+* 39 40 14 15
15W* 514 535 14 15
15Y+ 39 40 412 579
17C+ 39 40 265 265
19D+* 39 40 14 15
19K+* 39 40 14 15
25B 522 538 703 749
25C 545 549 646 798
25D* NA NA 14 15
25E* 798 798 14 15
25L 573 798 710 798
25M 798 798 683 798
25N 337 343 501 536
25P 430 489 798 798
25Q+ 39 40 605 798
25R 798 798 798 798
25S 496 511 645 667
25U+ 39 40 622 624
25V 520 798 519 798
27D+ 39 40 556 556
29E 798 798 355 385
31B 390 391 624 637
31D+ 39 40 390 390
31E+ 39 40 501 501
31K* 411 798 14 15
35F* 458 506 14 15
35G+* 39 40 14 15
35L+ 39 40 558 798
35M 528 798 606 623
35N* 485 512 14 15
35P 798 798 798 798
35PFR 534 798 798 798
35PJN 420 798 798 798
35PJP 420 798 798 798
35PKP 798 798 665 798
35PLA 600 798 798 798
35PPF 548 798 798 798
35PQB 600 798 798 798
35PRU 386 798 798 798
35Q+ 39 40 592 798
35S 545 798 798 798
35T+ 39 40 571 798
36B 640 798 798 798
37F NA NA 666 726
42A 527 529 661 682
42R 798 798 666 798
46Q+ 39 40 576 798
46R+ 39 40 798 798
51C NA NA 798 798
56M 462 489 670 798
68A* 426 798 14 15
68B+* 39 40 14 15
68C+* 39 40 14 15
68D 543 798 631 798
68E 655 798 722 798
68F+ 39 40 701 798
68G 471 798 798 798
68H 639 798 798 798
68J* 528 798 14 15
68K 598 798 716 798
68L+ 39 40 798 798
68M* 481 540 14 15
68N+ 39 40 613 798
68P 603 798 711 798
68Q 551 798 610 798
68R* 477 495 14 15
68S* 451 451 14 15
68T 798 798 798 798
68U+ 39 40 627 798
68V 798 798 798 798
68W* 466 485 14 15
68X* 798 798 14 15
68Y+ 39 40 798 798
74D+* 39 40 14 15
79R NA NA 378 798
79S* NA NA 14 15
88H+ 39 40 620 798
88K+ 39 40 398 627
88L* 349 798 14 15
88M+ 39 40 482 484
88N+ 39 40 269 363
89A+ 39 40 NA NA
89B+ 39 40 375 395
89D 798 798 617 798
91A+* 39 40 14 15
91B+ 39 40 585 593
91C 443 462 720 798
91D 404 478 722 735
91E+ 39 40 631 798
91F 273 308 437 496
91G+ 39 40 NA NA
91H+ 39 40 547 798
91J 514 798 NA NA
91L+* 39 40 14 15
91M+ 39 40 318 798
91P+* 39 40 14 15
91S* 153 798 14 15
92A 510 554 702 737
92F 268 270 648 657
92G+* 39 40 14 15
92L 364 611 798 798
92M 420 798 485 798
92R+ 39 40 419 474
92S 586 798 664 798
92W+ 39 40 542 798
92Y+ 39 40 590 619
94A+ 39 40 394 798
94D 393 393 798 798
94E 403 493 611 798
94F 477 798 610 798
94H 343 798 530 530
94M 456 798 798 798
94P 798 798 798 798
94R 393 395 514 798
94S 390 798 798 798
94T+* 39 40 14 15
94Y 798 798 798 798

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.