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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?

FEBRUARY 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.

February 2018 Cut Off Scores

SGTSSG
MOS PZ SZ PZ SZ
09L+ 39 40 798 798
11B+* 39 40 14 15
11C* 151 286 14 15
12B+* 39 40 14 15
12C+* 39 40 14 15
12D* 798 798 14 15
12H NA NA 144 798
12K 419 497 NA NA
12M* 384 798 14 15
12N 439 481 494 494
12P+* 39 40 14 15
12R+ 39 40 NA NA
12T+* 39 40 14 15
12W+ 39 40 NA NA
12Y* 542 798 14 15
13B+* 39 40 14 15
13D (SEE 13J) (SEE 13J)
13F+* 39 40 14 15
13J* 355 798 14 15
13M+* 39 40 14 15
13P (SEE 13J) (SEE 13J)
13R* 371 407 14 15
14E* 194 798 14 15
14G* 412 412 14 15
14H+ 39 40 798 798
14P+ 39 40 533 798
14T* 798 798 14 15
15B 798 798 798 798
15D 478 520 496 507
15E* 485 798 14 15
15F 572 798 560 589
15G 798 798 798 798
15H 798 798 405 509
15N+ 39 40 707 798
15P 798 798 798 798
15Q* 463 495 14 15
15R* 798 798 14 15
15T* 490 798 14 15
15U* 468 798 14 15
15W* 659 798 14 15
15Y* 263 798 14 15
17C+ 39 40 496 798
19D+* 39 40 14 15
19K+* 39 40 14 15
25B 501 529 511 631
25C 371 798 541 798
25D* NA NA 14 15
25E* 798 798 14 15
25L 584 798 635 798
25M 640 798 508 798
25N* 291 334 14 15
25P+ 39 40 660 798
25Q* 129 179 14 15
25R 583 798 798 798
25S 365 480 565 575
25U+* 39 40 14 15
25V 508 798 491 798
27D* 312 534 14 15
29E+ 39 40 341 435
31B 527 554 606 610
31D+ 39 40 798 798
31E 397 399 588 798
31K+* 39 40 14 15
35F* 397 400 14 15
35G+* 39 40 14 15
35L+ 39 40 563 595
35M 545 798 618 634
35N 582 798 658 798
35P 798 798 798 798
35PAD 609 798 798 798
35PAE (SEE 35PAD)(SEE 35PAD) (SEE
35PAM (SEE 35PAD)(SEE 35PAD) (SEE
35PAP (SEE 35PAD)(SEE 35PAD) (SEE
35PAV (SEE 35PAD)(SEE 35PAD) (SEE
35PAZ (SEE 35PAD)(SEE 35PAD) (SEE
35PCA (SEE 35PCM)(SEE 35PCM) (SEE
35PCM 512 798 798 798
35PCU (SEE 35PCM)(SEE 35PCM) (SEE
35PDG (SEE 35PAD)(SEE 35PAD) (SEE
35PFR 798 798 798 798
35PHE 798 798 798 798
35PJN 798 798 798 798
35PJP (SEE 35PJN)(SEE 35PJN) (SEE
35PKP 489 798 798 798
35PPF 508 798 547 798
35PPG (SEE 35PPF)(SEE 35PPF) (SEE
35PPU (SEE 35PPV)(SEE 35PPV) (SEE
35PPV 798 798 798 798
35PPW (SEE 35PPV)(SEE 35PPV) (SEE
35PQB 798 798 798 798
35PRU 240 798 798 798
35PTA 798 798 798 798
35Q 292 563 563 563
35S 585 585 711 711
35T+* 39 40 14 15
36B 670 798 798 798
37F NA NA 798 798
42A 429 436 542 542
42R 574 574 798 798
46Q+ 39 40 479 798
46R+ 39 40 798 798
51C* NA NA 14 15
56M 300 798 634 650
68A* 520 798 14 15
68B 386 433 798 798
68C* 400 798 14 15
68D 610 798 696 798
68E 674 798 724 724
68F+ 39 40 684 798
68G* 501 798 14 15
68H 460 798 652 798
68J* 528 798 14 15
68K 577 578 798 798
68L 798 798 798 798
68M* 798 798 14 15
68N+ 39 40 798 798
68P 587 798 750 798
68Q 569 798 598 798
68R* 528 581 14 15
68S* 607 798 14 15
68T 557 594 600 798
68U+ 39 40 798 798
68V 798 798 691 798
68W* 489 500 14 15
68X* 524 524 14 15
68Y+ 39 40 798 798
74D+* 39 40 14 15
79R* NA NA 14 15
79S* NA NA 14 15
88H 798 798 677 798
88K 394 798 798 798
88L+ 39 40 798 798
88M+* 39 40 14 15
88N+ 39 40 798 798
89A+ 39 40 NA NA
89B 312 369 384 402
89D* 707 798 14 15
91A+* 39 40 14 15
91B+ 39 40 551 553
91C 493 798 692 798
91D 483 539 682 798
91E 798 798 798 798
91F 586 798 577 577
91G 414 798 NA NA
91H+ 39 40 440 798
91J 583 798 NA NA
91L+* 39 40 14 15
91M+* 39 40 14 15
91P+* 39 40 14 15
91S* 484 798 14 15
92A 630 630 680 700
92F 639 798 659 798
92G+* 39 40 14 15
92L 798 798 798 798
92M 798 798 405 798
92R* 232 267 14 15
92S 506 798 666 798
92W 274 274 650 798
92Y+ 39 40 457 490
94A+ 39 40 798 798
94D 798 798 798 798
94E 482 798 654 798
94F 798 798 603 798
94H+* 39 40 14 15
94M 798 798 798 798
94P+* 39 40 14 15
94R 438 798 477 798
94S 798 798 798 798
94T* 798 798 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.

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