Qualifications for initial award of MOS 42R, Band:
Physical Demands Rating: medium (light for 9B (Cornet / Trumpet), 9D (French Horn), 9G (Flute), 9J (Clarinet))
Required ASVAB Score: N / A
Enlistment Bonus: Yes
Security Clearance: None
U.S. Citizenship: Not Required
AIT Length / Location: 23 weeks, 1 day at Norfolk, Virginia
Band Instruments and Accompanying Skill Identifier (ASI):
9B—Cornet / Trumpet Player
9C—Baritone / Euphonium Player
9D—French Horn Player
9G—Flute / Piccolo player
9U—Electric Bass Player
Band (MOS 42R) Description / Major Duties:
The brass, woodwind, percussion, or rhythm player performs as a member of a Music Support Team (MST) in a Army band.
Duties for MOS 42R at each skill level are:
MOSC 42R1O. An instrumentalist performs all applicable styles of music. Expected styles include, but are not limited to, the following: marching band, ceremonial band, concert band, "classical", jazz, ethnic, and "popular" music compositions. Perform on a musical instrument in a variety of ensembles, ranging from solo performance to full concert band. Tune an instrument to a given pitch. Transpose moderately easy music. Discriminates and matches pitch. Perform operator maintenance on a musical instrument.
MOSC 42R2O. A senior instrumentalist performs duties shown in preceding level of skill, and provides technical guidance to junior grade personnel. Perform duties in unit administration, training, supply, and/or operations as required.
MOSC 42R3O. An assistant team leader for a MST, and performs duties shown in preceding skill levels. Organizes, instructs, trains counsels, and evaluates instrumentalists and senior instrumentalists of the MST. Supervise MST operator maintenance. Perform duties as drum major, audio/recording operator, instrument repair person, or librarian as required.
MOSC 42R4O. As team leader for a MST, performs duties shown in preceding skill levels. Supervise unit administration, supply, and operations/training. Performs duties as music arranger as required. Trains and leads an MST.
MOSC 42R50. As detachment leader for a MST, (Army band medium and Army band large) or band senior sergeant (Army band small) performs duties shown in preceding levels. Advises the commander on all aspects of band operations and serves as the band commander in their absence. Is the principal enlisted conductor of the band.
(1) Meet qualifications listed in AR 614-200 or the ACASP criteria per paragraph 9-5(5)(b) of MOS book and in paragraphs (a), (b) (c) or (d) below:
(a) Before enlistment:
1. Meet the basic eligibility requirements as modified by this enlistment option.
2. Meet the technical proficiency requirements by audition, as described in paragraph 3a below.
3. All applicants that enlist under ACASP will enter the Army in grade of SPC with no later appointments in grade under this program.
(b) After enlistment applicant must:
1. Successfully complete BT if required. (Provisions of AR 612-201 apply for persons with PS.)
2. (RA) Successfully complete AIT as certified by the Commandant, U.S. Army School of Music (USASOM).
3. (RC) Successfully complete proficiency training as certified by the Commandant, USASOM.
(c) Processing information audition procedures:
1. Army band officers (AOC 42C), warrant officer Bandmasters (MOS 420C), Band Sergeants Major/Band First Sergeants (MOS 42R5M), and USAREC Band Liaison Personnel (who have been certified by USASOM to give auditions) personally will interview and conduct auditions for potential band members. Reserve Component Bandmasters (MOS 420C) and Band Sergeants Major/Band First Sergeants (MOSC 42R5M) will only conduct auditions for reserve component applicants. This authority will not be delegated further without the approval of the Commandant, USASOM.
2. Each band will develop audition materials that comply with the guidance found in the Audition Standards Manual, (School of Music MUSCOLINST 1300.1 Code 01) for each ASI.
3. Applicants must achieve a score of 2.3, as defined in the Audition Standards Manual to meet the minimum technical proficiency requirements. SOM Form 1230/2A or SOM Form 1230/2B as appropriate will be used to record and report all audition results. This form may be found in the Audition Standards Manual and reproduced locally.
4. After the audition, the Soldier conducting the audition (or a unit
a. Contact the Army Bands Senior Career Advisor, EPMD, HRC, (DSN 221-5811/5813 or Comm 703-325-5811/5813) and report the score achieved, regardless of whether the applicant passed or failed the audition. If the audition was passed (a score of 2.3 or higher), the Army Bands Senior Career Advisor, EPMD, HRC, will assign an Audition Control Number (ACN) based on current or projected availability of positions.
b. Write the ACN on the audition form, notify the recruiter of the results, and counsel the applicant regarding the results.
c. Retain the original SOM Form 1230/2A or SOM Form 1230/2B in the appropriate files of the unit giving the audition.
d. Forward a copy to the recruiter who requested the audition. This copy may NOT be hand carried by the applicant.
e. Forward another copy by facsimile or mail to the Army Bands Senior Career Advisor, EPMD, HRC (FAX is DSN 221-8087 or Comm 703-325-8087).
f. For RC applicants only. Following the audition, the Soldier conducting the audition (or a unit representative) will:
(1) Notify the recruiter of the results, and counsel the applicant regarding the results.
(2) Prepare and forward a memorandum certifying the audition from the band commander or their designated representative to the RC Command’s Recruiting Manager.
(3) Scan and archive the original SOM Form 1230/2A or SOM Form 1230/2B in the appropriate files of the unit giving the audition.
(4) Forward a copy to the recruiter who requested the audition. This copy may NOT be hand carried by the applicant.
(5) Forward an electronic copy of the audition to the Commandant, USASOM and RC staff bands officer for the purpose of determining the ASI profile of incoming RC Basic Music Course class rosters.
5. The SOM Form 1230/2A or SOM Form 1230/2B will not be given to, nor hand carried by the applicant. Forms that are not assigned an ACN are not valid for enlistment. The auditioner will ensure that the Army Bands Senior Career Advisor, EPMD, HRC receives a copy of the form, regardless of the score.
6. An audition result will remain valid for 45 days. The individual must
enlist or FSP (Future Soldier Program) during that period. Any FSP losses
must re-audition before being reconsidered for enlistment.
7. Any travel performed before enlistment for auditioning purposes will be at the expense of the Government, provided all physical and mental tests have been administered.
8. The audition requirements also apply to prior service (PS) Soldiers when not enlisting under ACASP, to include any Soldier who might already hold a 42R MOS. PS applicants already 42R trained, must pass an audition to the highest level of NCOES completed (Basic Music Course = 2.7, BNCOC = 2.8). RC Soldiers who desire to go on active duty and are not MOSQ must attend and complete AIT at the School of Music.
(d) Future Soldiers Program (FSP):
Persons enlisting under this option may enter FSP (also known as the
Delayed Entry Program or DEP for short) for up to a 365-day period. For
those electing DEP of 90 days or less, a unit-of-choice will be negotiated
with the Army Bands Senior Career Advisor, EPMD, HRC. For persons electing
FSP of over 90 days, “Army Bands, Unassigned” will be used. As an added
incentive for persons in the “Army Bands, Unassigned” option, the guidance
counselor may contact the Army Bands Senior Career Advisor, EPMD, HRC
for a unit-of-choice when the person comes within 90 days of basic active
service date (BASD). The applicant must initiate this action through his
guidance counselor and the appropriate band liaison.
1. Applicant does not enlist. Should the applicant not enlist in MOS 42R, then the guidance counselor or recruiter will immediately notify the Army Bands Senior Career Advisor, EPMD, HRC. This is necessary to free the ACN for another applicant.
2. Award of MOS. Although applicants have acquired civilian musical skills, they must complete AIT as prescribed by Commandant, USASOM. However, award of a bands MOS will not be accomplished before completion of AIT as certified by the Commandant, USASOM. RC applicants will be required to complete proficiency training at USASOM. RC applicants who fall under Option 3 (paragraph 7-7c) or Option 5 (paragraph 7-7e), will complete proficiency training in accordance with those options. Upon completion of proficiency training, the RC unit commander may award MOS or recommend award of MOS.
3. Enlistment for Army band (large). Applicants desiring to enlist for a Army band (large) must score at least a 2.9 on the field audition and the desired assignment must be available. If the assignment is available, the counselor must include the following statement on the contract: “Applicant must achieve C1 ASI while at AIT or be assigned to the needs of the Army.”
4. All requests for enlistment for bands will be coordinated between the MEPS guidance counselor and the Army Bands Senior Career Advisor, EPMD, HRC, ATTN: AHRC-EPC-G, 2461 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22331-0454 (DSN 221-5811/5813 or Comm 703-325-5811/5813).
5. Statements needed for enlistment:
a. Proper parts of the DD Form 1966-series will be completed for applicants under chapters 5 and 6.
b. Item 31. Band for initial assignment will be specified using entries as follows: Army Bands, USAREUR, the identity of the specific band for which enlisted Army Bands, Unassigned.
c. Remarks. Reference item 31: Confirmation of Initial Band Assignment HRC (AHRC-EPC-G) (date).
d. Complete DA Form 3266-series.
e. Enlistment Program 9B will be used for this program. List AR 601-210, chapter 7, and Program 9B on all option/enlistment documents.
Additional Skill Identifiers for MOS 42R:
C1—Army band (large) Qualified.
P5—Master Fitness Trainer.
1J—Operational Electronic Warfare Operations (personnel only).
1K—Tactical Electronic Warfare Operations (personnel only).
1X—Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma (personnel only).
1Y—Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma (personnel only).
1Z—Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma (personnel only).
2A—Non-Lethal Weapons Trainer (personnel only).
2B—Air Assault (personnel only).
2S—Battle Staff Operations (skill level 3 and above).
5W—Jumpmaster (personnel only).
6Q—Additional Duty Safety NCO (Reserve Component personnel only).
6T—Military Auditor (Reserve Component personnel only).
8P—Competitive Parachutist (skill level 2-4 personnel only).
9B—Cornet or trumpet player.
9D—French horn player.
9U—Electric bass player.
Article Last Modified: May 10, 2011