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HOW AWARDS CAN STACK UP
Here is a sample of how a soldier’s awards and other accomplishments might accumulate. A sergeant with 10 to 11 years of service might have the following items in Section VIII (Awards and Decorations) of the Enlisted Record Brief.
To calculate points, multiply the number of each award received by the point value for the award. For example, in the chart below, this sergeant’s two Good Conduct Medals equate to 20 promotion points.
Soldiers are limited to 125 award and decoration promotion points for sergeant, and 165 for staff sergeant.
Army Commendation Medal 3
Army Achievement Medal 3
Good Conduct Medal 2
National Defense Service Medal 1
Iraq Campaign Medal 2
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal 1
NCO Professional Development Ribbon 1
Army Service Ribbon 1
Overseas Service Ribbon 1
Certificates of Achievement 3
Combat Action Badge 1
CHECKING YOUR RECORD
The Promotion Point Worksheet is an electronic document that supports paperless promotion-point computations.
Personnel information entered on the PPW is pulled from the Army’s Electronic Military Personnel Office, while training-related information is taken from the Army Training Requirements and Resources System.
The PPW automatically calculates how many promotion points should be awarded to a soldier.
To make sure that their PPW is up to date and accurate, soldiers should audit their Enlisted Record Brief for accuracy.
When reviewing the record brief to ensure promotion accuracy, soldiers should focus on these data items:
Section I, the start and end dates for their combat duty deployments
Section V, foreign language or languages
Section VI, military education level
Section VII, civilian education
Section IV, Army Physical Fitness Test data
Section I, promotion points/date
Section I, promotion military occupational specialty
Section VI, resident courses
Section VIII, awards and decorations
Section VI, weapons qualification/date
Section VI, correspondence hours
Section IX, duty position
Soldiers can review their record brief and other important personnel documents online at https://www.hrcapps.army.mil/portal/.
Soldiers who are looking for ways to improve their chances of moving up to sergeant and staff sergeant would do well to check out the Awards and Decorations section of the Promotion Point Worksheet.
Active and reserve soldiers can earn up to 125 points for advancement to sergeant, and 165 for staff sergeant, for awards, decorations, badges, certificates of achievement and assignments to airborne positions that qualify for jump pay.
Awards and badges can make a significant contribution to a soldier's promotion-point total.
But it's up to soldiers to make sure those awards, badges and other achievements are accurately listed in their Enlisted Record Brief, Army personnel officials said.
Keeping the record up to date can help boost a soldier's competitive edge when it's time for promotion.
The menu of achievements that qualify soldiers for promotion points in Section B of the Promotion Point Worksheet was revised in 2011, along with the introduction of new point calculation formulas.
While the 800-point ceiling for promotion points has been retained, the Army has instituted separate systems for distributing those points in the matrixes for sergeant and staff sergeant as follows:
Military Training: 340 maximum for sergeant, and 255 maximum for staff sergeant.
Awards, Decorations, Badges and Certificates of Achievement: 125 max for sergeant, and 165 for staff sergeant.
Military Education: 260 max for sergeant, and 280 for staff sergeant.
Civilian Education: 75 max for sergeant, and 100 for staff sergeant.
How to get your score
To calculate points for awards, decorations and badges, soldiers should multiply the number of points authorized by the number of awards and badges received. (See related charts.)
Under the changes made to the semicentralized promotion system in June 2011, only awards and badges listed qualify for promotion points.
Awards and decorations earned from another U.S. military service receive the same points as corresponding or equivalent Army awards.
This means soldiers who previously served as uniformed members of the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Coast Guard can receive promotion points for awards earned in that service, provided there is an equivalent Army award.
This also means that soldiers who earned an award from a sister service while in the Army can receive promotion points for that award.
For example, a soldier who is awarded a Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Coast Guard Achievement Medal can earn 10 promotion points, the same number of points earned for the Army Achievement Medal.
Conversion credits for badges are more complicated, as the services have different criteria for skill badges.
For example, there are no sister-service equivalents to the Combat Infantryman Badge, Combat Medical Badge, Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge and Expert Field Medical Badge, which each are worth 30 promotion points.
Section 2 of the Promotion Point Worksheet also authorizes promotion points for certificates of achievement (DA Form 2442).
Five promotion points are authorized for each certificate, up to a maximum of 20 points.
To qualify for points, the certificate must be awarded by a general officer, commander or deputy commander in rank of lieutenant colonel or higher, or a brigade-level command sergeant major.
More for parachutists
In addition to the points that can be earned for the award of airborne badges, soldiers who are jump-qualified and assigned to a position that qualifies for Hazardous Duty Incentive Pay can be awarded additional promotion points without regard to the maximum point rules for the awards category as follows:
Parachutist serving in a table of organization and equipment or table of distribution authority, 20 points.
Senior parachutist serving in a TOE or TDA position, 25 points.
Master parachutist serving in a TOE or TDA position, 30 points.
PROMOTION POINTS BY AWARD
Award or Promotion Decoration Points
Soldier's Medal or higher 40
Bronze Star with "V" device 35
Bronze Star with "V" device 30
Purple Heart 30
Defense Meritorious Service Medal 25
Meritorious Service Medal 25
Air Medal with "V" device 25
Army Commendation Medal with "V" device 25
Air Medal 20
Joint Service Commendation Medal 20
Joint Service Achievement Medal 10
Army Achievement Medal 10
Good Conduct Medal 10
Reserve Components Achievement Medal 10
Armed Forces Reserve Medal 10
Military Outstanding Volunteer
Service Medal 10
Combat Infantry Badge 30
Combat Medical Badge 30
Combat Action Badge 30
Expert Infantry Badge 30
Expert Field Medical Badge 30
Master Parachutist Badge 20
Master Explosive Ordnance
Disposal Badge 20
Senior Parachutist Badge 15
Senior Explosive Ordnance
Disposal Badge 15
Presidential Service Badge 15
Vice President Service Badge 15
Drill Sergeant Badge 15
Basic Army Recruiter Badge 15
Parachutist Badge 10
Parachute Rigger Badge 10
Divers Badge 10
Basic Explosive Ordnance
Disposal Badge 10
Pathfinder 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
Certificates of Achievement 5
Source: Human Resources Command