2012 Changes to the Army Promotion Point System:
8 September 2011
SUBJECT: Semi-Centralized Promotion Point Adjustments (promotion to the grade of SGT and SSG)
BACKGROUND: On 1 June 2011, the Army implemented needed changes to the Semi-Centralized promotion
process by leveraging technology and revising the manner in which promotion points are awarded in order to
improve its ability to select the best-qualified Soldiers for promotion, improve readiness at both the grade and MOS
level, and to drive Soldier behavior.
ARMY POSITION: Implementation of a fully automated system allows the Army to see what Soldiers are doing
(behavior) and to assess the effectiveness of our system. This human resource system is designed to support the
tenants of the Army Leader Development Strategy; serving as an incentive for Soldiers to complete NCOES.
However, what we see is that many Soldiers are "maxing" the military education category without having attended
NCOES. After just a short time, it is clear that a change is required in order to ensure Soldiers complete a myriad of
training opportunities in varying training environments, across the full spectrum of military education courses, to
include attendance at and completion of Noncommissioned Officer Education System (NCOES) courses. A change
facilitates the leader development imperative to ensure Soldiers get the right mix of developmental opportunities at
the right time in their careers.
TALKING POINTS: Promotion points used to calculate promotion cutoff scores on 1 January 2012 and beyond for
Active Component and US Army Reserve Soldiers will limit military education promotion points as follows:
Check the promotion points cut
off scores for this month and
see if you made the cut-off
The overall number of promotion points awarded in the military education category for Soldiers recommended
for SGT (260 points) and SSG (280 points) remains unchanged.
There are three distinct elements within the military training category – NCOES, resident military training, and
computer based training. Ceilings for each of the three elements will ensure Soldiers pursue completion of a
myriad of training opportunities in varying training environments, across the full spectrum of military education
courses, to include attendance at and completion of Noncommissioned Officer Education System (NCOES)
courses. Completion of professional military education courses (NCOES) are an integral part of the overall
leader development process. As such, a maximum of 40% of the points a Soldier can potentially earn are applied
to the NCOES element within the military education category (104 maximum points for Soldiers competing for
SGT and 112 maximum points for Soldier competing for SSG). This design intentionally limits a Soldier’s ability to
“max” promotion points in the NCOES category to those who are officially designated as “Distinguished Honor
Graduate” or as the “Distinguished Leadership Graduate” (verified on the AER, DA Form 1059).
o Distinguished honor/leader graduates earn 104 points (competing for SGT) and 112 points (competing for
o Commandant’s List graduates receive 92 points (competing for SGT) and 101 points (competing for SSG)
o Graduates receive 80 points (competing for SGT) and 90 points (competing for SSG) respectively.
Active Component Soldiers should see revised scores, based on these newly established ceilings, in the
automated PPW as of 5 December 2011. Soldiers recommended for promotion and integrated onto the
recommended list during the month of December 2011 (for AC) and November 2011 (for USAR) will have these
ceilings applied in determining their promotion
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