Army Entertainment is launching the ninth season of "Operation Rising Star," a singing competition based on the "American Idol" format. The program is open to active duty military, National Guard and Reserve members and their adult family members.
The Army Installation Management Command is encouraging garrisons to collaborate with their food and beverage facilities, recreation programs, marketing teams and Better Opportunities for Single Servicemembers programs to get a program going for local contestants.
Installations and garrisons that want to host an event must apply by July 29. Local Operation Rising Star performers will compete this Fall and receive $500 for taking first place in the competition and have a shot at the finals.
The 2012 Operation Rising Star finals were held at Joint Base-Fort Sam Houston. The contests will be shown on stage and the Internet. Some past performances have been broadcast on the Pentagon Channel.