There will be 2,639 Regular Army promotions to the ranks of sergeant and staff sergeant on May 1, according to cutoff scores issued by the Army in late April.

May cutoff scores authorize 1,706 advancements to sergeant, and 933 to staff sergeant. The total is about 300 fewer than in April.

May cuttoff scores

Sergeant promotions

Staff sergeant promotions

The mid-ranks promotions will go to soldiers on the 8,504-name Army-wide E5 selection list, and promotable sergeants on the 8,004-name roster of soldiers who have been boarded for E6.

The monthly promotion plan for senior NCOs is pending release.

There would be more promotions to sergeant and staff sergeant for the Regular Army if additional soldiers in chronically short-handed specialties, called STAR MOS, were on selection lists.

As of late April there were 31 STAR MOS for sergeant, and 33 for staff sergeant. Soldiers in these shortage MOS will be speedily promoted if they are boarded and placed on the service-wide E5 and E6 recommended lists.

Career fields with the most STAR MOS for sergeants include Infantry, Engineer, Field Artillery, Air Defense, Cyber, Armor, Military Police, Military Intelligence, Medical and Mechanical Maintenance.

Career fields with shortage MOS for staff sergeants include Infantry, Engineer, Field Artillery, Air Defense, Aviation, Cyber, Communications, Military Intelligence, Acquisition and Contracting, Medical, Mechanical Maintenance and Electronic Maintenance.

May 2016

Sergeant and Staff Sergeant Promotion Rules

Regular Army and Active Guard and Reserve (Army Reserve)

Criteria for Recommendation:

Military Occupational Specialty – Soldier must be recommended for promotion in his or her career progression MOS, and be fully qualified for advancement in that specialty as required in DA Pam 611-21 (MOS Classification and Structure). Waivers are authorized for soldiers who are reclassifying.

Civilian Education – Must have a high school degree, a General Education Development certificate or an associate's degree or higher.

Military Education - Specialists and corporals must complete Structured Self Development-1 to be recommended for advancement to sergeant, and SSD-2 to be recommended for advancement to staff sergeant.

Re-enlistment Eligibility – Soldier must be eligible for re-enlistment, except that soldiers who are barred from re-enlisting solely because of Disability Evaluation System processing remain eligible for promotion recommendation.

Physical Qualifications - Soldiers remain eligible until determined physically unfit by the Disability Evaluation System. Soldiers regain eligibility when declared fit by the secretary of the Army, or when approved for continuation under the provisions of Chapter 6, AR 635-40 (Physical Evaluation for Retention, Retirement or Separation).

Army Physical Fitness Test – Soldier must have a current passing score on the APFT on the promotion effective date, not the date the soldier met the cutoff score.

Weight Control – Soldiers must be in compliance with AR 600-9 (Army Body Composition Program).

Army Substance Abuse Program – Soldiers are not eligible for promotion recommendation unless they self-referred themselves to ASAP.

Disciplinary Action – Soldiers are not eligible for promotion recommendation if they are flagged under the provisions of AR 600-8-2 (Suspension of Favorable Personnel Actions).

Time Requirements for Staff Sergeant Recommendation:

• Secondary Zone – 47 months of time-in-service, and six months of time-in-grade.

• Primary Zone – 71 months TIS, and nine months TIG.

Time Requirements for Sergeant Recommendation:

• Secondary Zone – 17 months TIG, and five months TIG.

• Primary Zone – 35 months TIS, seven months TIG.

STAR Military Occupational Specialties:

Additional promotions to sergeant and staff sergeant would have been authorized for May if more soldiers in shortage specialties, called STAR MOS, were boarded and on the E5 and E6 lists. As of late March the STAR MOS were:

Sergeant – 11B, 12B, 12P, 13B, 13F, 13M, 14H, 17C, 19K, 29E, 31D, 31K, 35G, 35L, 35T, 46Q, 46R, 68B, 68C, 68F,

68L, 68U, 68V, 68Y,  88M, 88N, 91A, 91M, 91P, 92R, 94P.

Staff Sergeant - 11C, 12C, 12D, 12M, 12P, 12Y, 13D, 13F, 13M, 13P, 13R, 14E, 14H, 14T, 15Q, 15U, 15W, 17C, 25D,

25E, 31D, 35G, 35Q, 51C, 68A, 68C, 68M, 68X, 68Y, 88L, 91A, 91P, 94T.

Criteria for Promotion Pin-On:

Military Occupational Specialty – Soldiers must be promoted in their career progression MOS, and be fully qualified in the specialty to include all schooling requirements. Waivers are authorized for soldiers who are reclassifying.

Military Education – Under policies that took effect Jan. 1, 2016, soldiers must be a graduate of the Basic Leader Course for promotion pin-on to sergeant, and the Advanced Leader Course for promotion to staff sergeant.

Re-enlistment Eligibility – Soldiers must be eligible for re-enlistment, except that soldiers who are barred from re-enlisting solely because of Disability Evaluation System processing remain eligible for promotion.

Physical Qualifications - Soldiers remain eligible until determined physically unfit by the Disability Evaluation System. Soldiers regain eligibility when declared fit by the secretary of the Army, or when approved for continuation under the provisions of Chapter 6, AR 635-40 (Physical Evaluation for Retention, Retirement or Separation).

Army Physical Fitness Test – Soldier must have a current passing score on the APFT on the promotion effective date, not the date the soldier met the cutoff score.

Weight Control – Soldiers must be in compliance with AR 600-9 (Army Body Composition Program).

Army Substance Abuse Program – Soldiers are not eligible for promotion recommendation unless they self-referred themselves to ASAP.

Service Remaining Requirement – Soldiers advancing to staff sergeant must have at least 12 months of obligated service remaining on their enlistment.

Disciplinary Action – Soldiers are not eligible for promotion if they are flagged under the provisions of AR 600-8-2.

Time Requirements for Staff Sergeant Promotion Pin-On:

Secondary Zone - 48 months TIS, seven months TIG.

Primary Zone – 72 months TIS, 10 months TIG.

Time Requirements for Sergeant Promotion Pin-On:

Secondary Zone – 18 months TIS, and six months TIG.

Primary Zone – 36 months TIS, and eight months TIG.

Command List Integration

Each month, Regular Army and Army Reserve soldiers who have not been boarded, but who otherwise are fully qualified for promotion, automatically will be integrated onto the sergeant and staff sergeant promotion selection lists when the criteria below is met, and they are not denied advancement by their commander.

The promotion process, called Command List Integration, is described and authorized in the newly revised edition of Army Regulation 600-8-19 (Enlisted Promotions and Reductions), dated Dec. 18, 2015.

To Sergeant:

47 months' time-in-service to be eligible for promotion at 48 months' TIS.
11 months' time-in-grade to be eligible for promotion at 12 months' TIG.
Must be a graduate of Structured Self-Development 1.
Must have 90 days or more remaining on their enlistment as of the month they are integrated onto the E-5 recommended list.

To Staff Sergeant:

83 months' TIS to be eligible for promotion at 84 months' TIS.
11 months' TIG to be eligible for promotion at 12 months' TIG.
Must be a graduate of the Warrior Leader Course.
Must have 90 days remaining on their enlistment as of the month they are integrated onto the E-6 recommended list. Soldiers must meet the 12-month service remaining requirement to be promoted to staff sergeant.

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