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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?

NOVEMBER 2017: 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.

NOVEMBER 2017 Cut Off Scores

SGTSSG
MOS PZ SZ PZ SZ
09L+ 39 40 798 798
11B+ 39 40 332 344
11C* 255 313 14 15
12B+* 39 40 14 15
12C+* 39 40 14 15
12D* 798 798 14 15
12H* NA NA 14 15
12K 494 798 NA NA
12M* 356 798 14 15
12N+* 39 40 14 15
12P+* 39 40 14 15
12R+ 39 40 NA NA
12T+* 39 40 14 15
12W+ 39 40 NA NA
12Y* 798 798 14 15
13B+ 39 40 357 357
13D 154 183 14 15
13F+* 39 40 14 15
13J* 154 183 14 15
13M+* 39 40 14 15
13P 154 183 14 15
13R* 402 798 14 15
14E+* 39 40 14 15
14G+* 39 40 14 15
14H+* 39 40 14 15
14P+ 39 40 798 798
14T* 391 549 14 15
15B 482 508 494 798
15D 448 798 577 798
15E+* 39 40 14 15
15F 798 798 664 798
15G 625 798 619 798
15H 374 374 405 432
15N+ 39 40 798 798
15P 284 376 629 629
15Q* 463 469 14 15
15R* 225 278 14 15
15T* 362 370 14 15
15U* 483 542 14 15
15W* 385 559 14 15
15Y+* 39 40 14 15
17C+* 39 40 14 15
19D+* 39 40 14 15
19K+* 39 40 14 15
25B 514 520 615 630
25C 798 798 641 668
25D* NA NA 14 15
25E* 798 798 14 15
25L 798 798 798 798
25M 798 798 798 798
25N 460 501 596 617
25P 448 798 798 798
25Q+ 39 40 592 642
25R 616 798 551 798
25S 424 475 612 612
25U 362 376 602 612
25V 545 798 605 798
27D* 497 536 14 15
29E+ 39 40 318 425
31B+ 39 40 581 583
31D+ 39 40 798 798
31E 356 356 432 433
31K 449 798 613 613
35F* 516 516 14 15
35G+* 39 40 14 15
35L+ 39 40 521 562
35M 504 536 602 604
35N 502 518 441 456
35P 798 798 798 798
35PAD 580 798 798 798
35PAE 580 798 798 798
35PAN 580 798 798 798
35PAP 580 798 798 798
35PAV 580 798 798 798
35PAZ 580 798 798 798
35PBS 580 798 798 798
35PBW 580 798 798 798
35PCM 491 798 798 798
35PDG 580 798 798 798
35PDH 580 798 798 798
35PFR 798 798 798 798
35PGM 798 798 798 798
35PHE 798 798 798 798
35PJN 798 798 798 798
35PJP 798 798 798 798
35PKP 798 798 665 798
35PLA 798 798 798 798
35PPF* 384 798 14 15
35PPG 798 798 798 798
35PPQ 798 798 798 798
35PPT 798 798 798 798
35PPU 798 798 798 798
35PPV 798 798 798 798
35PPW 798 798 798 798
35PPY 798 798 798 798
35PQB 798 798 798 798
35PRU 458 798 798 798
35PSC 798 798 798 798
35PTA 798 798 798 798
35PTH 798 798 798 798
35PUR 798 798 798 798
35PVN 798 798 798 798
35Q+ 39 40 798 798
35S 570 579 798 798
35T+* 39 40 14 15
36B 614 618 650 652
37F NA NA 798 798
42A 461 477 619 623
42R 552 552 643 651
46Q+ 39 40 422 798
46R+ 39 40 669 798
51C NA NA 798 798
56M 223 798 618 638
68A* 532 537 14 15
68B+* 39 40 14 15
68C+* 39 40 14 15
68D 522 590 609 679
68E 641 798 703 749
68F 312 312 798 798
68G* 476 476 14 15
68H 542 798 478 798
68J* 515 798 14 15
68K 568 798 629 629
68L 798 798 517 798
68M* 798 798 14 15
68N 798 798 798 798
68P 570 593 692 798
68K 568 798 629 629
68L 798 798 517 798
68M* 798 798 14 15
68N 798 798 798 798
68P 570 593 692 798
68Q 577 798 638 798
68R* 513 518 14 15
68S* 518 518 14 15
68T 543 798 640 798
68U+ 39 40 798 798
68V 798 798 630 798
68W* 525 530 14 15
68X* 537 570 14 15
68Y+* 39 40 14 15
74D+ 39 40 421 421
79R* NA NA 14 15
79S* NA NA 14 15
88H+ 39 40 512 798
88K+ 39 40 374 798
88L+ 39 40 397 397
88M+* 39 40 14 15
88N+ 39 40 520 520
89A+ 39 40 NA NA
89B+* 39 40 14 15
89D* 701 798 14 15
91A+* 39 40 14 15
91B+ 39 40 563 571
91C 446 551 705 798
91D 529 529 708 798
91E 326 502 595 798
91F 472 524 584 798
91G+ 39 40 NA NA
91H+ 39 40 374 798
91J 578 798 NA NA
91L+ 39 40 409 798
91M+* 39 40 14 15
91P+* 39 40 14 15
91S 466 798 798 798
92A 475 488 655 798
92F+ 39 40 580 589
92G+* 39 40 14 15
92L+ 39 40 312 312
92M 798 798 798 798
92R+* 39 40 14 15
92S 425 492 693 798
92W+ 39 40 377 798
92Y+ 39 40 502 514
94A+ 39 40 798 798
94D 798 798 798 798
94E 305 798 607 798
94F* 465 798 14 15
94H+* 39 40 14 15
94M 591 798 798 798
94P 798 798 798 798
94R 398 798 507 798
94S 798 798 798 798
94T* 798 798 14 15
94Y* 632 798 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