2022 AMERICAN LEGION SPIRIT OF SERVICE AWARD:
R 101257Z FEB 23 MID200080724098U
FM CHINFO WASHINGTON DC
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/DNS/MAR//
SUBJ/2022 AMERICAN LEGION SPIRIT OF SERVICE AWARD//
POC/Kristine Garland/NAVCO/LOC: MILLINGTON, TN/TEL:(901) 874-5882/
RMKS/1. The American Legion will present its Spirit of Service Award for
calendar year 2022 to an enlisted member (E-5 or junior) from each branch of
the Armed Forces. The award, given annually since 2000, will be presented by
the National Commander on stage at the American Legion National Convention in
Charlotte, NC, August 25-31, 2023.
2. Eligibility. The main criterion of the award is the level of volunteer
community service that a Sailor performs off-duty in the local community.
Command-sponsored volunteer activities, either on-duty or off, will not be
counted. The period of service is 1 January 2022 - 31 December 2022, and
nominees must be E-5 or junior during the period of service. Nominees may be
active or reserve, and must be outstanding military professionals. Previous
winners of this award are not eligible. If chosen as the recipient, the
awardee must attend the American Legion National Convention.
3. Travel and lodging. Within CONUS, the American Legion will provide
travel and lodging expenses for the individual winner. The winner is
responsible for travel expenses for family members or guests.
4. Nominations. Nomination packages must contain the Commanding Officer's
(CO) nomination, a description of the volunteer service performed, a
biography of the Sailor, and a high-resolution JPEG head and shoulder
photograph taken by their respective command in service dress uniform. Also
required is a signed consent for release of information. The American Legion
now also requires a summary of schools attended and awards received.
a. Commanding Officer nomination. COs may nominate one Sailor from
their command. Nominations must be on command letterhead and indicate the
CO's confidence in the Sailor's professionalism and as a representative of
the Navy, the validity of the volunteer efforts and a commitment to
facilitate their nominee's attendance at the national convention, if
selected. Endorsements are not required.
b. Volunteer efforts. Description of volunteer efforts must include
quantitative data such as hours, days, or months spent on off-duty volunteer
community service (e.g., provided 38 hours at the community center as a
coach). Command sponsored volunteer activities, either on duty or off, will
not be counted. This description should be provided in a bullet format.
c. Nominee photo. An 8x10, high-resolution JPEG head and shoulder
photograph of the Sailor is required. If chosen as the award recipient,
the nominee's photo will be used in printed and online material used to
publicize and document the award ceremony. The photo should be similar to
those commonly associated with Navy leader biographies and official portrait
d. Nominee biography. If chosen as the award recipient, the biography
will be used in the Legion's magazine and convention program. The biography
should include hometown information as well as professional highlights and
e. New for this year, and not reflected in the sample packet below, is
the American Legion's requirement for a summary of schools attended and
f. Signed consent for release of information. A written and signed
statement of consent by the Sailor, authorizing release of information
contained in the nomination, is required per the Privacy Act of 1974. The
following statement is a sample of written consent:
"I, (rate/rank/full name), do hereby authorize the release of all information
enclosed in this nomination package to those persons involved in the
g. All parts of the package should be contained in one PDF.
h. For a sample package of a previous winner, go to
5. Nomination submission. Nominations must be received by 20 April 2023.
Nominations must be submitted electronically to kristine.a.garland.civ
6. Selection process. The Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO) will
consolidate all nominations, organize a ranking board, and recommend the top
candidates to the American Legion, which will make the selection.
7. Released by RDML Ryan Perry, Chief of Information.//