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


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.


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.


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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