Band Officer 42C Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) – Careers in the Army

Overview

Every year, the Army band program selects one or two highly qualified individuals via competitive auditions to serve as Army bands officers. These officers rotate through a variety of positions, including associate conductor, administrator and instructor at the Armed Forces School of Music.

After several years of experience, a band officer may also serve as commander and principal conductor of an Army band.

Requirements

Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.

Training

Job training for a band officer requires completion of the Officer Basic Course, where you’ll learn leadership skills used in leading and managing an Army band.

Helpful Skills

  • Masters degree in music
  • Professional conducting or teaching experience
  • Superior skills as a conductor
  • Management skills

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