As the deadline for nominations for this year's Sun Military Awards fast approaches, members of the Armed Forces and the general public are being encouraged to put forward their suggestions to make sure a worthwhile group or individual are not overlooked.
Dubbed ‘The Millies’, the awards are returning for their third year and the closing date for this year’s nominations is Monday 13 September 2010.
Sun Defence Editor Duncan Larcombe said:
We have had an overwhelming response to the Millies this summer, with more nominations than ever before.
But there is still time for people to nominate their hero or heroes.
The closing date for entries is Monday September 13 and we would urge people to visit The Sun’s website, follow the Forces link, and fill in an online nomination form.
This is going to be another great year for the Millies.
Organised by The Sun newspaper in close association with the Ministry of Defence, the Millies focus on the excellence of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, whether it be on front line operations or more routine business.
The awards are an opportunity to highlight the high calibre of Service personnel and the achievements of the last 12 months.
There are 11 awards in total and each one is open to all serving members of the UK Armed Forces, except the ‘Support to the Armed Forces’ award which is specifically for civilians.
Nominations for ten of the 11 award categories can be made by members of the Armed Forces and the general public.
An 11th category winner will be chosen by a special panel of Millies judges.
The Sun Military Awards ceremony will be a star-studded event broadcast on TV - guests at last year’s event included Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.
Nominations will be accepted for actions taken during the period 1 September 2009 to 31 August 2010 and can be made via The Sun’s website.
The categories for the third Sun Military Awards 2010 are:
Overcoming Adversity To recognise an inspirational serviceman or woman who has suffered severe injury or illness, and yet has overcome their difficulties with fortitude.
Most Outstanding Sailor or Marine For the individual who has made the most outstanding contribution to the Royal Navy or Royal Marines over the past year.
Most Outstanding Soldier For the individual who has made the most outstanding contribution to the Army over the past year.
Most Outstanding Airman For the individual who has made the most outstanding contribution to the Royal Air Force over the past year.
Best Reservist For a reservist of any rank or Service who has made the most outstanding contribution to any Armed Forces endeavour.
Support to the Armed Forces The winner of this award will be a civilian - a civil servant, contractor, charity worker or member of the public - who has provided exceptional help to the Armed Forces (open to civilians only).
Life Saver Award For an individual or a group, whether a medical professional or not, who has performed an extraordinary life-saving act.
True Grit: Home For an individual or a group who have performed an act of true grit - be it through courage, determination or self-sacrifice - while in the UK.
True Grit: Overseas For an individual or a group who have performed an act of true grit - be it through courage, determination or self-sacrifice - while abroad.
Best Unit The winner of this award can be a major or minor unit that has excelled consistently over the year, for example with achievements on an operational deployment.
Judges’ Award for Special Recognition The judges’ personal gift for outstanding service by an individual or group not recognised elsewhere (not open to public nomination).