Active-Duty Servicewoman of the Year Award

  • Active Duty

    More women now actively serve in the armed forces, defending our country and our freedom, than at any time in history. The American Legion Auxiliary applauds the remarkable sacrifice these women make; they are the true embodiment of Service Not Self.

    To show our support for the women in the armed forces, the American Legion Auxiliary annually presents an Active-Duty Servicewoman of the Year Award at National Convention to one woman nominated from each branch of the military. Their inspiring stories remind us that courage and commitment to our country knows no gender.

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  • Application Deadline
    The application deadline is the first Friday in June of each calendar year.

    Each unit may submit one entry for each branch of the service.

    Recipients are selected by the Past Presidents Parley, a national committee comprised of past presidents of the American Legion Auxiliary.
    Download Application Form (doc)

  • About This Award

    Established in 2003 by the Past Presidents Parley Committee, this award has evolved from honoring women veterans to honoring women who are actively serving our country.

    Recipients are guests at the Auxiliary’s national convention where the awards are presented. Award winners who are not already Auxiliary members may be presented a one-year honorary membership in the Auxiliary department of her choice.

    Award Criteria

    • Must be currently serving in the U.S. armed forces
    • Must submit a narrative of 750 words or less on the topic specified in the application
    • Membership in the Auxiliary is desired, but not required
  • Women have played a big role in military history, and I thank those who went before me as they laid the groundwork for those of us who serve today. " Hollie Boley-Rinachler, Navy, past recipient
     
    I take training female soldiers in today’s armed forces personally and instill in them a pride no one will take from them: the pride of being a woman." SSG Lisa Woods, Army, past recipient
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