About the Award


The award was established in 2001 by Army Times Publishing Company (renamed in 2015, Sightline Media Group). The initial program highlighted exemplary achievement by a service member beyond the call of duty.

In the past 16 years, the annual Service Members of the Year Award has grown into a much-anticipated event. The awards ceremony has become one of Washington's A-list events attended by Congressional, military and community leaders.


Nominees must be serving in the military (active duty, Guard or Reserve) through August 2017 with exceptional service or achievements occurring between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

Nominees must demonstrate:

  • A high level of professionalism
  • Concern for fellow service members
  • Commitment to community service


Sightline Media Group, through the respective marketing and editorial staffs of each service's publication (Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times), will make the Military Times Service Members of the Year selections from among the nominations received. Finalists will be contacted in June of 2017.


The Overall Winner of each branch receives the following:

  • A VIP trip to Washington, DC for activities and a formal awards ceremony
  • All-expenses paid attendance for 2 (transportation to and from Washington, D.C.; lodging and meals; local transportation)
  • Formal awards reception and ceremony on Capitol Hill
  • Scholarship award from Kaplan University
  • Professional photographs and video of the awards ceremony
  • A feature in the Military Times websites, newspapers and on the Military Times Service Members of the Year web site