Service Branches

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Work Environment

Vocalists play indoors in theaters concert halls and at dances and outdoors at parades and open-air concerts.  They also travel regularly.

  • Military Status


  • Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


    Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location.

    $26,567 - $194,005


Vocalists read, sing, and memorize vocal parts for public performances. They perform in a variety of musical performance units, such as chorus, popular musical ensemble, jazz band, country band, quartet, and soloist. Vocalists perform to boost morale, entertain, and assist with military ceremonies. They are part of a group of talented musicians who support the Military’s mission around the world.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field and covers tactical and survival skills physical training military life and customs and weapons training.  Although musicians must be musically proficient to enter the service music training is given to new band members. Vocalists in the Military will gain skills through regular rehearsals individual practice and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Music theory
  • Sight-reading musical scores
  • Sight singing and ear training

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to sing
  • Poise when performing in public
  • Clear enunciation