SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii (Sept. 6, 2013) -- Morale, Welfare and Recreation's Operation Rising Star registration is underway until Oct. 4, at the Nehelani, here.

Prospective stars can also enroll online at, for the individual singing competition to be held at the Nehelani in October.

"We are very excited about our ninth season," said Tim Higdon, executive producer of Operation Rising Star. "It's this kind of Family and MWR programming that year after year provides fun, exciting and relevant entertainment for our Soldiers and their families."

Operation Rising Star is open to active duty military, National Guard and Reserve personnel and their 18-and-older family members.

Competition will be held as follows:
•Round 1, Oct. 10, elimination round; sung a-cappella.
•Round 2, Oct. 17, semifinals.
•Round 3, Oct. 24, finals.

Similar to "American Idol" and other televised competitions, a panel of judges and an audience of their peers will judge participants.

The local winner advances to the Armywide competition for the chance to win the "Ultimate Recording Music Experience" -- to record a demo with studio professionals.

Local Operation Rising Star performers will receive $500 for first place, $250 for runner-up, along with a $300 spirit award to encourage audience participation. The Army Installation Management Command's program aims to showcase Soldiers and their family members' singing talents on stage and on the Internet. Past shows have been televised by The Pentagon Channel.

"Operation Rising Star is a unique opportunity for the talent in our Army family to be shared with a worldwide audience," Higdon said.

(Editor's note: USAG-HI DFMWR and IMCOM contributed to the story.)