Becoming A Soldier

To get the skills you need to become a Soldier, you first meet with a Recruiter, attend Basic Combat Training, then go to Advanced Individual Training.

Being A Soldier

From living on an Army Post to navigating your career to living the Army Values, meet current Soldiers to see what life in the Army is like.

Army Music
U.S. Army Band member playing Trumpet

Step 1

Talk To An Army Band Recruiter

Think of an Army Recruiter as your guide to the Army and the best resource to answer questions about joining. Recruiters are ready with the know-how to help navigate your military future.

Step 2

Set Up An Audition

The next step to joining the Army Band Program is the audition. When and where this takes place will be worked out with your Recruiter, the auditioner and you. The main interest will be in your sight-reading ability and demonstrated musicianship, i.e. tone, technique, rhythm and intonation. It's more than an audition. It's the first step in shaping your musical career.

Step 3

Report To A Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS)

The Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) is where you go to join the Army. You will get a complete physical; pick your Army job; find out where you'll be stationed for Basic Training; and be sworn in as a Soldier in the U.S. Army.

To find out more about Army Bands, email hq-band@usarec.army.mil or call 1-800-223-3735, ext. 60456.