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, and badges for their military service, especially when defending the country in times of conflict.

The goal of the Army's award program -- for which a new system of promotion points was put place in 2011 -- 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.

Multiply the number of points authorized by the number of awards received:

Soldier’s Medal or higher award/decoration                               40
Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device                                             35
Bronze Star Medal                                                                       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
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 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


  • Combat Infantry Badge – 15
  • Combat Field Medical Badge – 15
  • Expert Infantry Badge – 10
  • Expert Field Medical Badge – 10
  • Basic U.S. Army Recruiter Badge – 10 (each subsequent award, that is, Gold Achievement Star, Gold Recruiter Badge, Sapphire Achievement Star, will receive 5 points) – maximum points – 25
  • Ranger Tab – 10
  • Special Forces Tab – 10
  • Drill Sergeant Identification Badge – 10 (additional 5 points for company or higher level drill sergeant of the cycle) maximum points – 25
  • Parachutist Badge – 5
    • (a) Awards of higher skill badge count as subsequent awards and will receive points. For example a soldier awarded the Senior Parachutist Badge and the Parachutist Badge will be credited with two parachutist badges (10 points).
    • (b) Soldiers who have been awarded the parachutist badge, are currently serving in an approved TOE/TDA or paid parachutist position and are entitled to receive incentive pay for parachute duty will be awarded extra points, as follows: Parachutist, 20 points; Senior, 25 points; Master, 30 points.
    • (c) Soldiers who receive additional points under these provisions and whose status is terminated either voluntarily or for cause will be subject to an immediate adjustment of their promotion points.
    • (d) For soldiers who are reassigned, the following action will be taken:
      • 1. Losing commander will ensure the promotion points are reduced prior to departure (this can be accomplished during out processing).
      • 2. The officer in charge of in-processing will ensure that if the soldier is assigned to an airborne position, the promotion points are increased. This will be accomplished during in-processing.
  • Parachute Rigger Badge – 5
  • Divers Badge – 5
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge – 5
  • Pathfinder Badge – 5
  • Aircraft Crewman Badge – 5
  • Nuclear Reactor Operator Badge – 5
  • Driver or Mechanic Badge (maximum 5 points) – 5
  • Air Assault Badge – 5
  • Campaign Star (Battle Star) – 5
  • Tomb Guard Identification Badge – 5


  • Soldier/NCO of the Quarter – BDE Level – 10
  • Soldier/NCO of the Quarter – Installation/Division – 15
  • Soldier/NCO of the Year – MACOM – 25
  • Distinguished Honor Graduate – 15
  • Distinguished Leadership Award – 10
  • Commandants List – 5

The Good Conduct Medal

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.

Certificates of Achievement (DA Form 2442)

Achievements (the board proceedings, 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 – Installation/Division – 15
  • Soldier/NCO of the Year – MACOM – 25
  • Distinguished Honor Graduate – 15
  • Distinguished Leadership Award – 10
  • Commandants List – 5


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