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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?

AUGUST 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.

August 2017 Cut Off Scores

SGTSSG
MOS PZ SZ PZ SZ
09L+ 39 40 798 798
11B+ 39 40 434 434
11C+* 39 40 14 15
12B+* 39 40 14 15
12C+* 39 40 14 15
12D* 312 798 14 15
12H NA NA 400 798
12K 798 798 NA NA
12M* 798 798 14 15
12N+ 39 40 439 439
12P+* 39 40 14 15
12R 261 798 NA NA
12T+* 39 40 14 15
12W+ 39 40 NA NA
12Y* 495 798 14 15
13B+ 39 40 476 510
13D* 437 798 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 40 798 798
14P+ 39 40 425 798
14T* 359 360 14 15
15B 534 574 573 798
15D 406 798 570 798
15E+* 39 40 14 15
15F 575 798 627 798
15G 577 798 757 798
15H 399 798 497 518
15J 798 798 798 798
15N+ 39 40 629 798
15P 440 798 595 798
15Q* 458 798 14 15
15R* 339 371 14 15
15S 798 798 798 798
15T* 357 367 14 15
15U* 360 798 14 15
15W* 488 492 14 15
15Y+* 39 40 14 15
17C+* 39 40 14 15
19D+* 39 40 14 15
19K+* 39 40 14 15
25B 564 564 666 798
25C 537 798 633 646
25D* NA NA 14 15
25E* 798 798 14 15
25L 589 798 798 798
25M 740 798 798 798
25N 426 498 526 798
25P 459 798 798 798
25Q 291 353 581 599
25R 650 798 559 559
25S 473 495 624 694
25U 479 517 641 732
25V 606 798 676 676
27D 369 369 344 798
29E 798 798 466 475
31B 419 424 632 646
31D+ 39 40 474 563
31E 357 357 478 798
31K+ 39 40 442 442
35F* 526 529 14 15
35G+* 39 40 14 15
35L+ 39 40 510 798
35M 530 798 600 798
35N 535 568 593 798
35P 798 798 798 798
35PCM 540 798 798 798
35PFR 362 798 798 798
35PKP 567 798 798 798
35PPF 798 798 659 798
35PTA 562 798 798 798
35Q+ 39 40 544 798
35S 798 798 798 798
35T+ 39 40 562 798
36B 798 798 798 798
37F NA NA 665 798
42A 536 540 635 798
42R 598 598 672 798
46Q+ 39 40 429 798
46R+ 39 40 774 798
51C NA NA 798 798
56M 416 498 656 798
68A* 691 798 14 15
68B+ 39 40 798 798
68C+* 39 40 14 15
68D 564 798 611 643
68E 658 798 709 798
68F+ 39 40 650 798
68G 475 798 562 633
68H 569 798 798 798
68J* 550 550 14 15
68K 594 603 677 686
68L 798 798 798 798
68M* 798 798 14 15
68N 798 798 798 798
68P 631 798 702 798
68Q 595 798 662 798
68R* 525 798 14 15
68S* 559 590 14 15
68T 521 798 615 798
68U+ 39 40 798 798
68V 798 798 612 798
68W* 538 538 14 15
68X* 535 553 14 15
68Y+* 39 40 14 15
74D+ 39 40 458 524
79R* NA NA 14 15
79S* NA NA 14 15
88H+ 39 40 625 660
88K 275 798 798 798
88L 431 798 511 798
88M+ 39 40 397 518
88N+ 39 40 538 538
89A+ 39 40 NA NA
89B* 187 199 14 15
89D* 798 798 14 15
91A+* 39 40 14 15
91B+ 39 40 605 624
91C 467 500 711 798
91D 450 502 706 798
91E 367 379 643 798
91F 425 425 588 798
91G+ 39 40 NA NA
91H+ 39 40 597 798
91J 563 798 NA NA
91L+ 39 40 481 481
91M+* 39 40 14 15
91P+* 39 40 14 15
91S 473 798 204 798
92A 536 558 692 742
92F 383 406 626 668
92G+* 39 40 14 15
92L 389 389 798 798
92M 480 798 798 798
92R+ 39 40 446 511
92S 612 798 798 798
92W+ 39 40 475 656
92Y+ 39 40 594 598
94A+ 39 40 798 798
94D 314 798 325 798
94E 492 493 638 798
94F 798 798 573 798
94H* 558 798 14 15
94M 798 798 798 798
94P 798 798 798 798
94R 490 798 798 798
94S 339 798 798 798
94T* 798 798 14 15
94Y 798 798 798 798

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.