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Info for Recruiters

This area has been set up for your use to provide information regarding the processing of MU applicants and to provide you with answers to questions regarding auditions, processing MUs, Navy bands, and more.  You can also find information on how to schedule Navy band high school/college recruiting tours.

How long will the audition take?
The duration of the audition varies by instrument, but generally takes about 30 minutes, with an exception for guitar, keyboard, bass, vocalist and percussionist auditions, which require 45-60 minutes.

Who do I call to set up the audition?
Contact the Audition Supervisor at the Navy Band closest to your location.

How soon will we know the audition results (qualified/not qualified)?
Audition sites send the audition report to the central Fleet Band Activities (FBA) office.  Once received by the central office, we generally provide same day turnaround on applications received during normal working hours.  There is an exception in the case of Vocalist/Entertainer auditions, which require a DVD of the audition to be forwarded along with the audition report (audition sites provide the DVD).  Results are emailed or faxed immediately to the applicant’s recruiter upon determination.  It is the recruiter's responsibility to notify the applicant of the audition results.

Where and when can an applicant audition?
Applicants may audition at any Navy Band.  There are no set audition dates; auditions are scheduled as bands are contacted by applicants, and when the band is available.  All auditions are performed live on-site.  

Should the applicant go through MEPS before an audition?
If an applicant is interested solely in the MU rating, it is highly advised that the first step after an initial screening from a recruiter is the audition, to ensure they are musically qualified for MU.  Once enrolled in DEP, reclassification to MU becomes difficult, even if they pass an audition while in DEP. 

How do we process the applicant after the audition is completed?
The audition results will be emailed or faxed to the recruiter listed in the applicant's application.  Once your NRS receives the “qualified for assignment to MU “A” School” letter, recruiters should complete the normal enlistment process in accordance with the Navy Recruiting Manual, as they would for any other applicant.  The notification letter from PERS-4014 will contain the enlistment guarantees and paygrade authorizations.

My applicant has a college degree.  Shouldn't he join as an officer in the Music Program?
Although the majority of our successful applicants have a college degree, all of our officers are commissioned through the Limited Duty Officer (LDO) program only.  LDO candidates must have at least eight years service, and be eligible for promotion to E7.  Applicants with a college degree will enlist at the advanced paygrade of E3, and may be eligible for the College Loan Repayment Program  (LRP).


Music For Recruiting (MFR)

MFR is a program that has been in place since 1997 for recruiters to use as a tool to help reach target audiences.  Sponsored by CNRC, recruiters are able to obtain funding to schedule tours in their area for a Navy “rock” band to perform recruiting shows for local high schools and colleges.

View or download the instruction:
COMNAVCRUITCOMINST 5700.1F: Music for Recruiting (MFR) Program (includes the form for requesting MFR funds)




Qualifying for Enlistment (Auditions)

See the Navy Enlisted Recruiting Manual: COMNAVCRUITCOMINST 1130.8J (Refer to Vol. IV, chapter 3, section 12 for detailed information on the Navy Musicians (MU))



Contact Information

For further information or clarification, please contact the Fleet Band Activities (FBA) at (901) 874-4316 or email the Navy Musician (MU) Audition Coordinator.