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Applicants must:

  • Possess a bachelor's degree, preferably with a major in conducting, instrumental performance, or music education. A master's degree or doctorate in music is preferred, as the selection process is highly competitive. The typical past successful candidate has been an accomplished musician, well versed in band repertoire, possessing a master's degree or doctorate in music and five years of conducting experience.
  • Be qualified to enter Officer Training School (OTS), be a member of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC), or be a commissioned officer of the USAF on active duty. Civilian and enlisted applicants must be able to pass physical and written qualifying tests. Civilian applicants arrange these tests through a local Air Force recruiter and enlisted applicants arrange them through their local Military Personnel Flight. Applicants who meet the musical qualifications but do not meet these general physical and written requirements cannot be qualified for commissioning.
  • Be less than 40 years of age on the date of commissioning in OTS.
  • Be a citizen of the United States.