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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.

June 2017 Cut Off Scores

SGTSSG
MOS PZ SZ PZ SZ
09L 39 40 467 467
11B 39 40 14 15
11C 39 40 14 15
12B 39 40 14 15
12C 39 40 14 15
12D 798 798 14 15
12H NA NA 526 798
12K 798 798 NA NA
12M 502 798 14 15
12N 419 422 456 798
12P 39 40 547 798
12R 306 798 NA NA
12T 39 40 14 15
12W 39 40 NA NA
12Y 530 798 14 15
13B 39 40 14 15
13D 465 798 14 15
13F 39 40 14 15
13M 39 40 14 15
13P 39 40 14 15
13R 436 798 14 15
13T 798 798 798 798
14E 39 40 14 15
14G 39 40 14 15
14H 39 40 264 264
14P 39 40 512 512
14T 369 451 14 15
15B 570 798 561 798
15D 486 550 561 798
15E 429 630 14 15
15F 518 798 630 798
15G 565 798 798 798
15H 798 798 531 798
15J 798 798 798 798
15N 39 40 631 798
15P 468 537 648 798
15Q 451 458 14 15
15R 435 447 14 15
15S 798 798 798 798
15T 429 429 14 15
15U 39 40 14 15
15W 482 798 14 15
15Y 39 40 14 15
17C 39 40 14 15
19D 39 40 14 15
19K 39 40 398 419
25B 565 585 703 798
25C 526 798 632 798
25D NA NA 14 15
25E 798 798 14 15
25L 563 602 676 798
25M 798 798 702 798
25N 385 436 548 798
25P 291 798 633 798
25Q 39 40 578 607
25R 798 798 561 798
25S 439 486 622 628
25U 400 476 653 679
25V 798 798 798 798
27D 39 40 490 490
29E 798 798 577 594
31B 426 453 632 632
31D 39 40 798 798
31E 402 798 349 447
31K 540 798 14 15
35F 524 524 14 15
35G 39 40 14 15
35L 39 40 696 798
35M 561 798 643 798
35N 472 479 521 521
35P 798 798 798 798
35PCM 571 798 798 798
35PFR 433 798 798 798
35PJN 798 798 659 798
35PJP 798 798 659 798
35PKP 625 798 798 798
35PRU 392 798 798 798
35PTA 39 40 798 798
35Q 39 40 594 798
35S 521 521 798 798
35T 39 40 550 550
36B 663 798 798 798
37F NA NA 798 798
42A 561 566 664 666
42R 613 620 661 798
46Q 39 40 437 596
46R 39 40 798 798
51C NA NA 798 798
56M 451 451 675 798
68A 404 404 14 15
68B 39 40 14 15
68C 39 40 14 15
68D 458 798 481 798
68E 798 798 750 798
68F 39 40 677 798
68G 798 798 632 798
68H 639 798 798 798
68J 610 610 14 15
68K 623 623 695 798
68L 798 798 798 798
68M 798 798 14 15
68N 798 798 798 798
68P 629 798 798 798
68Q 523 798 567 798
68R 537 798 14 15
68S 397 444 14 15
68T 593 798 698 798
68U 39 40 798 798
68V 798 798 667 798
68W 501 518 14 15
68X 542 580 14 15
68Y 39 40 14 15
74D 39 40 14 15
79R NA NA 14 15
79S NA NA 14 15
88H 39 40 598 599
88K 39 40 535 535
88L 348 798 506 516
88M 39 40 562 562
88N 39 40 586 602
89A 39 40 NA NA
89B 256 385 297 798
89D 798 798 14 15
91A 39 40 14 15
91B 39 40 647 688
91C 500 507 758 798
91D 492 513 736 798
91E 442 568 798 798
91F 536 536 477 798
91G 39 40 NA NA
91H 39 40 639 798
91J 541 798 NA NA
91L 39 40 14 15
91M 39 40 405 416
91P 39 40 14 15
91S 516 798 14 15
92A 561 587 720 745
92F 423 442 651 798
92G 39 40 14 15
92L 798 798 798 798
92M 401 798 798 798
92R 39 40 14 15
92S 585 798 647 798
92W 39 40 625 798
92Y 39 40 615 798
94A 39 40 415 798
94D 798 798 390 798
94E 402 445 611 798
94F 496 798 610 798
94H 384 384 798 798
94M 798 798 798 798
94P 277 277 798 798
94R 431 798 798 798
94S 374 798 509 509
94T 798 798 14 15
94Y 798 798 409 798

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.