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Military Child of the Year®

Now in its 15th 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.


Semifinalists announced for the esteemed 2023 Military Child of the Year® Award, the nation’s premier recognition of the outstanding achievements of our military children.

About the Awards

The annual awards recognize outstanding young people ages 13 to 18. Recipients 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.

All Military Child of the Year® Award recipients will be flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., and will be recognized at the April 2023 gala, during which senior leaders of each branch of service will present the awards. They also will receive $10,000 each, a laptop computer, and other donated gifts.

2022 MCOY Recipients Enjoying DC

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