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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. For the most up to date information about MU auditions, please contact Fleet Band Activities (FBA) at (901) 874-4316 or email the Navy Musician (MU) audition supervisor at navymusicauditions@navy.mil.

Should the applicant go through MEPS before an audition?
Prior to scheduling the audition, each applicant should receive a basic preliminary screening by their recruiter to determine enlistment eligibility. Applicants should not sign a Delayed Entry Program (DEP) contract prior to scheduling an audition. Following the audition, FBA will review the applicant’s performance report, application for the Navy Music Program (NAVPERS 1130/11), any pertinent letters of recommendation (not required), and a DVD (if applicable) of the audition to the Fleet Band Activities office. After processing, Fleet Band Activities will fax or email letters of approval or disapproval to the appropriate NAVCRUITDIST listed on the application. (Ref. COMNAVCRUITCOMINST 1130.8K, Section 12)

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 application for enlistment, 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 FBA will contain the enlistment guarantees, guaranteed MU “A” School, 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. 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 different types of Navy bands 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))