U.S. Army Administrative Promotion Points for E-5/E-6
Awards, Decorations, Achievements and Badges
U.S. Army soldiers can be the recipients of a variety of awards, decorations, achievements, PFT scores, and badges for their military service, especially when defending the country in times of conflict.
The goal of the Army's award program is to enhance mission accomplishment by identifying excellence of both military and civilian members of the force and motivating them to high levels of performance and service.
The awards program allows for an objective grading method for soldiers in the Army in promotable status. This new system of promotion points was developed in 2011 and updated in 2015.
Multiply the number of points authorized by the number of awards received:
Awards and Medals
|Soldier’s Medal or higher award/decoration||40|
|Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device||35|
|Bronze Star Medal||30|
|Defense Meritorious Service Medal||25|
|Meritorious Service Medal||25|
|Air Medal with “V” Device||25|
|Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device||25|
|Joint Service Commendation Medal||20|
|Army Commendation Medal||20|
|Joint Service Achievement Medal||10|
|Army Achievement Medal||10|
|Good Conduct Medal||10|
|Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal||10|
|Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with or without “M” Device)||10|
|Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal||10|
Badge Promotion Points
|Combat Infantry Badge||30|
|Combat Medical Badge||30|
|Combat Action Badge||30|
|Expert Infantry Badge||30|
|Expert Field Medical Badge||30|
|Master Parachute Badge||20|
|Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge||20|
|Senior Parachute Badge||15|
|Senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge||15|
|Presidential Service Badge||15|
|Vice President Service Badge||15|
|Drill Sergeant Badge||15|
|Basic US Army Recruiter Badge||15|
|Parachute Rigger Badge||10|
|Basic Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge||10|
|Air Assault Badge||10|
|Aircraft Crewman badge||10|
|Secretary of Defense Service Badge||10|
|Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge||10|
|Army Staff Identification Badge||10|
|Tomb Guard Identification Badge||10|
|Driver and Mechanic Badge||10|
Parachute Badges Explanation
As you advance your training and skills throughout your career, the parachute badge, explosive ordnance disposal badge, and recruiter badge levels, so do the points. For instance, the basic parachute badge is 10 points, the senior parachute badge is 15 points, and the master parachute badge is 20 points.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Explanation
As the EOD professional advances in his/her training and skill level, the EOD career field allows the specialist to grow from basic EOD which is worth 10 points, to the senior EOD worth 15 points, as well as the master EOD which is worth 20 points toward promotion.
Recruiting Promotion Explanation
As the Army recruiting trained soldier advances within his/her career field, the promotion points also increase through the following levels: Basic recruiting is worth 15 points, Gold recruiting is worth 20 points, and Master recruiter is worth 20 points toward advancement and promotion.
Hazardous Duty Points
This occupational specialty gains extra points due to its hazardous nature. The basic parachutist can receive an extra 20 points, the senior parachutist can receive an extra 25 points, and the master parachutist can receive an additional 30 points when in hazardous duty areas conducting difficult training or real-world combat missions.
Certificates of Achievement (DA Form 2442)
Achievements (the board proceedings, the award certificate, or DA Form 1059, Service School Academic Evaluation Report may be used as source documents):
|Soldier/NCO of the Quarter – BDE Level||10|
|Soldier/NCO of the Quarter||15|
|Soldier/NCO of the Year – MACOM||25|
|Distinguished Honor Graduate||15|
|Distinguished Leadership Award||10|
The Army Good Conduct Medal (AGCM)
For three years of faithful service by exhibiting exemplary conduct, efficiency, and fidelity, enlisted members are eligible for the Army Good Conduct Medal. However, if the term of service being reviewed for advancement does not meet the three-year term to be eligible for the AGCM, the added points cannot be used for the current promotion board.
The period of service is used to determine eligibility for promotion points (orders issued late do not result in a retroactive promotion point adjustment). The date of the order or ending period, whichever is later, will be used to determine eligibility for promotion points on all remaining awards (for example, Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal).
Awards and decorations earned in other U.S. Uniformed Services receive the same points as corresponding/ equivalent Army awards.
For an online calculator to determine your promotion/advancement number, see the link for an NCO Support Calculator and Work Sheet.