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2022 Military Child of the Year Recipients on stage holding their awards.

Military Child of the Year®

Now in its 14th year, the Military Child of the Year® Award reflects the positive impact that these impressive young people have made on their military families, their schools, and their communities.


Operation Homefront has named the eight recipients of the esteemed 2022 Military Child of the Year® Award, the nation’s premier recognition of the outstanding achievements of our military children. Congratulations to all of the amazing winners of the 2022 Military Child of the Year® Award.

Click here to read the full press release announcing the winners.

We invite you to submit messages of congratulations, encouragement, and support that we will share with this year’s recipients.

About the Awards

The annual awards recognize eight outstanding young people ages 13 to 18. Of those, seven will represent a branch of the armed forces — the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Space Force — for 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 presented by Booz Allen Hamilton. This award goes 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 were flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., and were recognized at the April 2022 gala, during which senior leaders of each branch of service presented the awards. They also will received $10,000 each, a laptop computer, and other donated gifts.

MCOY Recipients Enjoying DC

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