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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.

(Editor’s Note: Did you miss the cutoff again this month? Download our Easy Army Promotion Points Workbook to find out how to max out your points. Click here to learn more)

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

Looking for the most current cutoff scores for your MOS?

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

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.

MAY 2018 Cut Off Scores

SGTSSG
MOS PZ SZ PZ SZ
09L 40 40 389 798
11B 40 40 15 15
11C 295 376 15 15
12B 40 40 15 15
12C 40 40 15 15
12D 798 798 15 15
12H NA NA 228 385
12K 40 40 NA NA
12M 287 798 15 15
12N 350 375 15 15
12P 40 40 15 15
12R 40 40 NA NA
12T 40 40 15 15
12W 40 40 NA NA
12Y 501 798 15 15
13B 40 40 15 15
13D 279 291 15 15
13F 40 40 15 15
13J 279 291 15 15
13M 40 40 15 15
13P 279 291 15 15
13R 455 473 15 15
14E 798 798 15 15
14G 388 402 15 15
14H 40 40 519 519
14P 40 40 410 462
14T 513 513 15 15
15B 500 798 15 15
15D 449 519 426 505
15E 357 798 15 15
15F 502 798 476 798
15G 525 798 541 798
15H 395 798 282 498
15N 40 40 563 637
15P 319 319 15 15
15Q 456 456 15 15
15R 478 509 15 15
15T 387 421 15 15
15U 423 798 15 15
15W 527 555 15 15
15Y 277 798 15 15
17C 523 798 613 613
19D 40 40 15 15
19K 40 40 15 15
25B 457 535 435 541
25C 547 798 798 798
25D NA NA 15 15
25E 798 798 15 15
25L 528 798 555 584
25M 798 798 798 798
25N 380 432 15 15
25P 40 40 551 798
25Q 271 271 15 15
25R 526 576 15 15
25S 362 458 499 547
25U 391 411 15 15
25V 798 798 658 798
27D 40 40 15 15
29E 40 40 555 566
31B 355 407 551 556
31D 40 40 574 574
31E 40 40 446 446
31K 530 798 15 15
35F 389 411 15 15
35G 266 335 15 15
35L 40 40 15 15
35M 40 40 270 500
35N 460 461 15 15
35P 798 798 798 798
35PAD 798 798 798 798
35PAE 798 798 656 798
35PAP 405 798 503 798
35PAV 798 798 798 798
35PAZ 798 798 798 798
35PCM 558 798 798 798
35PDG 419 798 397 798
35PFR 798 798 798 798
35PJN 798 798 798 798
35PKP 467 798 798 798
35PPF 516 798 798 798
35PPG 516 798 798 798
35PPU 539 798 798 798
35PPV 539 798 798 798
35PPW 539 798 798 798
35PQB 612 798 798 798
35PRU 284 798 447 798
35PTA 798 798 798 798
35Q 428 798 395 395
35S 483 798 534 798
35T 40 40 15 15
36B 473 496 524 559
37F NA NA 798 798
42A 425 433 15 15
42R 798 798 798 798
46Q 40 40 15 15
46R 40 40 798 798
51C NA NA 15 15
56M 40 40 505 798
68A 501 533 15 15
68B 473 798 15 15
68C 40 40 15 15
68D 529 533 641 798
68E 637 798 713 798
68F 40 40 798 798
68G 483 798 15 15
68H 604 798 15 15
68J 564 798 15 15
68K 579 798 605 798
68L 549 798 798 798
68M 520 520 15 15
68N 40 40 495 798
68P 587 798 687 798
68Q 559 798 649 798
68R 520 798 15 15
68S 798 798 15 15
68T 525 798 603 623
68U 40 40 616 798
68V 352 798 684 798
68W 493 497 15 15
68X 534 543 15 15
68Y 40 40 15 15
74D 40 40 15 15
79R NA NA 15 15
79S NA NA 15 15
88H 417 450 601 601
88K 40 40 310 310
88L 40 40 302 405
88M 40 40 15 15
88N 40 40 456 456
89A 40 40 NA NA
89B 40 40 15 15
89D 615 798 15 15
91A 40 40 15 15
91B 40 40 538 543
91C 458 470 692 798
91D 379 391 675 678
91E 246 353 646 646
91F 417 436 517 554
91G 40 40 NA NA
91H 40 40 491 630
91J 445 798 NA NA
91L 40 40 522 545
91M 40 40 15 15
91P 40 40 15 15
91S 222 359 15 15
92A 384 391 670 680
92F 40 40 602 618
92G 40 40 15 15
92L 348 348 798 798
92M 185 494 438 798
92R 40 40 15 15
92S 302 398 607 630
92W 40 40 479 798
92Y 40 40 625 651
94A 40 40 15 15
94D 424 798 264 798
94E 357 798 434 633
94F 557 798 15 15
94H 40 40 15 15
94M 418 798 798 798
94P 40 40 15 15
94R 397 397 15 15
94S 40 40 798 798
94T 798 798 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.

Did you miss the cutoff again this month? Download our Easy Army Promotion Points Workbook to find out how to max out your points. Click here to learn more