Nominations are open for the 18th Annual Military Times Service Members of the Year awards.

Since 2001, Military Times has honored outstanding service members from the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. We are looking for unsung heroes who have not only excelled on the battlefield and on the job, but those who have demonstrated service at home by the betterment of their communities.

Winners will receive an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., along with a guest. The trip will culminate in a July 11 awards ceremony on Capitol Hill attended by high-ranking military leaders, members of Congress, fellow service members and other distinguished guests.

Anyone can nominate a service member. Nominate now by clicking here and filling out the required fields.

Eligible winners must still be in uniform through at least August 2018. Officers and enlisted are eligible to win. National Guard members and reservists are also eligible.

Being named a Military Times Service Member of the Year can have a huge impact on a service member’s career.

Maj. Chris Mercado, the 2017 Soldier of the Year, has seen an uptick in support for his non-profit, the Objective Zero Foundation. Mercado’s goals is to stop the suicide epidemic among service members and vets.

“Since the launch of our mobile application in early December, we have connected our app users to a trained ambassador over 2,600 times,” Mercado told Military Times. “… I can say without reservation that the recognition provided by Military Times has tremendously raised awareness of our life-saving tool, has opened new doors, and has connected us to new non-profit partners.

“Selection and recognition as a Service Member of the Year hasn’t just altered the course of my life; it has positively altered the outcomes of hundreds of veterans and service-members lives in the last few months alone,” Mercado said.

Tony leads a team of more than 30 editors, reporters and videographers dedicated to covering the news that affects service members and their families. Tony is responsible for strategy of the Military Times digital brands, the print publications, video and multimedia projects for Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times.

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