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8 September 2011
INFORMATION PAPER

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:
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 SSG)
respectively.
o Commandant’s List graduates receive 92 points (competing for SGT) and 101 points (competing for SSG) respectively.
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
scores.
Changes to military education points