Army Weapons Qualification for Enlisted Promotion
Promotion of Soldiers in the Disability Evaluation System
While in the DES, Soldiers will not be required to maintain their APFT or weapons qualification for the
purpose of promotion eligibility or pin-on. For semi-centralized promotion consideration, selection, and
pin-on, Soldiers within the DES who are unable to perform an APFT or qualify with a weapon will use
their last score until they are medically cleared to take the APFT or qualify with a weapon. Soldiers
within the DES due to combat-related operations who failed to qualify with a weapon or failed their last
APFT will be granted the minimum qualifying score.
Physical profiles resulting from combat-related operations
Soldiers who are unable to qualify with a weapon due to a physical profile will use their last weapons
qualification score until the Soldier is medically cleared to fire for qualification. If the Soldier’s last
qualifying score was a failing score, that Soldier (regardless of primary weapon assigned) will be
granted a minimum qualifying score of 26 hits (M16/M4 scale-DA Form 5790–R (Record Firing
Scorecard-Scaled Target Alternate Course)).
Military training Promotion Points
Weapons qualification (160 points maximum - SGT; 100 points maximum - SSG).
(1) Weapons qualification will comprise the most recent qualification score (but no older than 24
months) with the Soldier’s assigned weapon.
(2) The most recent qualification will be used. However, if the Soldier fails to qualify through his or her
own fault, no valid score will exist. Qualification scores will be provided by the CDR for input to the
database. If individual weapon qualification cannot be provided by the CDR and verifying information is
not available, zero promotion points will be awarded.
(3) A Soldier’s individually assigned weapon should normally be the M16A2/M4 rifle; however, it may be
another individually assigned weapon when duty or modification table of organization and equipment
(MTOE) requires (for example, 9-millimeter pistol for military police). CDRs must ensure only the
primary assigned weapon is entered for promotion points. Refer to DA Pam 350–38 for additional
(4) Weapons qualification charts are provided below (table 3–7 for promotion to SGT and table 3–8 for
promotion to SSG). Soldiers assigned to an organization without weapons can use their latest
qualification as an exception to the 24-month limit. However, once assigned to an organization with
weapons, the Soldier will have 12 months to qualify with assigned weapon or will lose their most recent
(5) Soldiers with physical profiles resulting from combat-related operations, pregnancy or who have a
post partum profile who are unable to qualify with a weapon due to a physical limitation will use their
last weapon qualification score until the Soldier is medically cleared to fire for qualification. If the
Soldier’s last qualifying score was a failing score, that Soldier (regardless of primary weapon assigned)
will be granted a minimum qualifying score of 23 hits on the M16 scale, DA Form 5790–R (the effective
date of the score will be the date the CDR recommends the Soldier for promotion).
The EST 2000 is not acceptable for weapons qualification and will not be awarded promotion points.