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My Coast Guard
Commentary | Oct. 4, 2021

Should your youth be the 2022 Military Child of the Year?

By Keisha Reynolds, MyCG Writer

Operation Homefront is currently accepting applications for its 14th annual Military Child of the Year® Award. Applicants, between the ages of 13 to 18, are selected based on the positive impact that they, as a youth, have had on military families, their schools, and communities. Eight awardees will be recognized at a gala and given a laptop computer, a $10,000 prize, and other incentives.

Seven of the eight award recipients will represent the branch of the armed forces to which the applicant’s family belongs— the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Space Force. These young people will be evaluated based on their scholarship, volunteerism, leadership, extracurricular involvement, and other criteria while facing the challenges of military family life. The eighth award is the Military Child of the Year Award for Innovation that will go to a military child who has designed a bold and creative solution to address a local, regional, or global challenge.

All eight Military Child of the Year® Award recipients will be flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., to be recognized at the April 2022 gala, during which senior leaders of each branch of service will present the awards. They awardees will also receive $10,000 each, a laptop computer, and other donated gifts.

Nominations can be submitted at the Operation Homefront site. Applications for the Innovation Award are being received here. The award opportunities will close on December 1, 2021.