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How many promotion points are needed to compete for E-5 and for E-6?

Under the new promotion system, what is the minimum promotion point to compete for E-5 and for E-6?

A Soldier must have a minimum passing APFT score to be integrated onto the promotion standing list. Hence, the minimum points required is 40 points for recommendation to SGT and 15 points for recommendation to SSG. Any Soldier the promotion authority identifies as having potential for promotion (with a passing APFT) will be added to the list–regardless of their points.

posted on 05/09/2011 under Q&A
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MacArthur D. "Mackie" Ocampo is an Active Duty First Sergeant and has served in the Army for 15 years to date with 9 years of service as a Human Resources Specialist. Currently, he serves as the First Sergeant for Hammer Company, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 2d Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2d Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA. Mackie has served in Korea, Ft. Carson, CO, Schofield Barracks, HI, twice in Afghanistan, and twice in Iraq accumulating over 59 months of overseas service. He believes that the "personnel" aspect of a Soldier's career is a big factor in their morale and readiness and is determined to assist Soldiers in their professional development by providing sound advice and clarification of ongoing policies, regulations, and procedures.

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  • Lawhettie

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    I finished all the SSD. I was wondering do they go on your ERB and do they count as points for promotion, and last which section do they go under.

  • SPC Smith

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    I wasnt on the list, and I was going for E-5 and 290 points. I think it is the units resonsibility if they want to advance the soldiers careers. I don’t know otherwise why they would not.

  • Lieber

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    Do either of you have this in plain black and white. I am having the same issue at my unit and they are kicking anyone back that doesnt have at least 450pt, who want to compete for SSG.

    • Mackie

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      Lieber,

      My answer above is based on HRC’s guidance. Until AR 600-8-19 is updated, it will not be in any regulation. The official reference at the moment is the HRC FAQ Sheet which I based my answer on. I will send it to you thru e-mail.

      -Mackie

  • SGT Aaron Schmiedeberg

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    Hello SFC Mackie,

    Could you please tell me where to reference the information for the answer you provided pertaining to the minimum points needed to be promotable to SSG for the new promotion system? My CSM is saying we need to look over my points because I may not be eligible to be promotable as a SGT with my points at 190 after being knocked down due to the new system. Thank you very much.

    • Mackie

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      SGT Schmiedeberg,

      The reference for my answer is the HRC FAQ sheet. An updated version of AR 600-8-19 should include this verbage. Unfortuantely the updated regulation is still in the works and has not been published.

      On another note, we can make sense of it by reasoning with the CLI policy. CLI Soldiers recommended for promotion to SSG get 14 points and those recommended to SGT get 39 points which are both 1 point lower than the minimum one can attain on an APFT. I am 100% sure that if you were ineligible, your ERB would not even indicate that you are promotable.

      If your CSM has any questions, he may contact me by sending an e-mail thru this website. I’d be more than happy to provide more clarification.

      -Mackie

      • SGT Aaron Schmiedeberg

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        Thank you very much for the information! I will pass it along to my 1SG and CSM.

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