Ranks and Roles

When you graduate from the RMSoM, you'll start your career as a Musician or Bugler in one of the the five bands. Unlike other branches, you're not able to directly join as an Officer. You have to be chosen for promotion.

  • Corporal

    You'll prepare for promotion to Corporal with the Junior Command Course at Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM) in Lympstone. You will also need to have passed the Musician Class 2 course (M2).
  • Sergeant

    After the Senior Command Course at CTCRM in Lympstone, you'll complete a further 12 weeks at the RMSoM undertaking the Musician Class 1 course (M1) before becoming a Band Sergeant.
  • Colour Sergeant

    In this senior Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) role, you'll have more responsibility for training and administration.
  • Warrant Officer 2

    Promotion to Warrant Officer 2 comes after completing the 12-month Bandmaster's course and may see you serving as a Bandmaster in one of the bands or in a number of other roles.
  • Warrant Officer 1

    On reaching the most senior NCO rank, you could become the Corps Bandmaster.
  • Bugler

    A member of the Corps of Drums. Playing the bugle, herald trumpet and military snare drum to the equivalent of grade 8 or recital performance standard.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • You must be able to read music and play a wind, brass, stringed or percussion instrument to a high standard.
  • Musician

    A master of the full range of musical styles, as a Musician in the RMBS you’ll be among the world’s finest military musicians, playing for ceremonial and state occasions. As well as providing military support as part of a medical team.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • You must be able to read music and play a wind, brass, stringed or percussion instrument to a high standard.

Unlike the Royal Navy or Royal Marines, you won't be able to directly enter the service as an Officer. You have to be promoted through the ranks. 

  • Lieutenant

    You'll hold the rank of Lieutenant as a Director of Music while you're completing your officer training at CTCRM.
  • Captain

    You'll hold the rank of Lieutenant as a Director of Music while you're completing your officer training at CTCRM.
  • Major

    As a Major, you will be a Senior Director of Music, Director of Music at the RMSoM, or a Staff Officer Band Service.
  • Lieutenant Colonel

    You will be the Principal Director of Music and have attained the most senior rank in the Royal Marines Band Service.