MOS 55XX Musician

MOS 55XX Musician

MOS Description

Musicians perform on musical instruments in a Marine Corps band in concerts, parades, band drills, honor guards, guard mounts, and various other official functions and ceremonies. Musicians also train or assist in the training of musician personnel, perform other additional duties as required, such as section leader, supply NCO, music librarian, storeroom keeper, arranger, and conduct preventive maintenance for musical equipment.

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The Berklee School of Music offers online college-level accredited certificate programs in the following areas:

  • Production
  • Songwriting
  • Guitar
  • Arranging
  • Theory, Harmony & Ear Training
  • Music Business

For more information, go to the Berklee School of Music website.

The National Association of Schools of Music website provides a portal to information on accredited college-level programs in music and music education.

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In Demand

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GI Bill®

Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the rating (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the rating (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
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