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Qualifications for The Old Guard

Applicants must:

  • Display the highest level of musical proficiency
  • Have no physical hindrance to marching or movement (Marching experience is not necessary, however precision marching and maneuvering is a requirement of the position and will be a significant part of the audition process)
  • Be capable of performing while marching without the aid of glasses or be able to wear contact lenses
  • Adhere to strict appearance guidelines (Tattoos are authorized in accordance with current Army regulations; however tattoos that are visible while wearing ceremonial blues are not allowed by The Old Guard handbook policy. Specifically, tattoos cannot be visible above a dress shirt collar [neck] or beyond a suit coat cuff [forearm] while in the playing position.) AR 670-1
  • Have U.S. citizenship (or legal permanent residency status)
  • Be able to obtain a security clearance
  • Enlist for a minimum of 4 years (with notification of acceptance prior to enlistment)
  • Be between 18-35 years old
  • Comply with active duty Army height and weight standards, not recruit entrance standards
  • Successfully complete/pass all U.S. Army prerequisites for entry into military service. (Once you have submitted your audition packet you must contact a local recruiter to ensure you are an eligible candidate. The requirements are stringent; please allow ample time for processing.)


  • Promotion to rank of Staff Sergeant (E-6) upon completion of initial entry training
  • Annual salary of $58,000 (no dependents) or $63,000 (with dependents)
  • Stabilized assignment at Fort Myer, VA
  • Medical and Dental care
  • Group life insurance coverage
  • 30 days of annual paid vacation
  • Post Exchange and Commissary benefits
  • Education Benefits
  • Montgomery GI Bill/Post 9/11 GI Bill

NEW: Effective immediately, the College Loan Repayment Program is no longer available for entering Special Bandsmen (MOS 42S).

Specific Audition Information

More Information

For further information regarding auditions for the Fife and Drum Corps please contact:

Staff Sergeant Michael Dillman
Audition Coordinator NCOIC

For more information about Basic Training and the Army's entry requirements visit

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