As we celebrate Armed Forces Day, who will you nominate for a Soldiering On Award 2020?

Date: Wednesday June 26, 2019 at 1:23pm

Nominations open today (29th June) for these prestigious Awards, which will be celebrating their 10th Anniversary. We are seeking nominations across 12 Awards categories to recognise the inspirational achievements of serving and former members of the Armed Forces and all the volunteers, teams, organisations and members of the public who support this amazing community. Nominations for a 13th Award, the People’s Choice Award, are selected by the judges from all the category nominations. This process is led by Lord Dannatt.

From Sporting Excellence to Family Values and from Business of the Year to those championing Inclusivity with the Armed Forces, there is a breadth of opportunities to nominate those who inspire you.

Nominations close on the 30th September 2019. All those who have been shortlisted will be invited to a special Finalists Reception at the House of Lords in February, with the winners being announced at a prestigious black-tie event on 24th April 2020. The finalists will all be the guests of the event sponsors and organisers to honour their achievements.

Awards Patron the Rt Hon Earl Howe PC Minister of State for Defence said: “The Soldiering On Awards recognise the bravest and most selfless of the military community, and give us the opportunity to pay tribute to those who do so much in the support of the armed forces.

“I encourage everyone to nominate anyone who has gone above and beyond to improve the lives of those who have served their country, to show them how grateful we are for their vital work.”

Ren Kapur MBE, Founder and CEO X-Forces Enterprise and Co-chair SOA said: “Today (29th June), we are celebrating Armed Forces Day; commemorating the valiant service of men and women in the British Armed Forces. The Soldiering On Awards take this commemoration a step – or rather a giant leap – forward, beyond this one day of celebration. We ensure that anyone from within the military family who has inspired, achieved or overcome the toughest hurdles has the chance to shine more permanently”.

Mandy Small, whose 11-year-old son Jamie won the Family Values Award in 2019 said: “Winning a Soldiering On Award has been amazing for Jamie, he's so proud to have gotten recognition from the very people he wants to help. He's had strangers say thank you and well done since winning. Since the Awards I've been given a chance to speak publicly about our story which is something I want to pursue. Winning the award has changed both our lives for the better and has ignited both our passions to do more in the future”.

It couldn’t be easier to nominate: We value your time and have made the nomination process straight-forward. Partially completed nominations can be saved and returned to. Simply, go to:

The Awards Categories open for Nominations are:

  1. Healthcare & Rehabilitation Award: Honouring a person or team who have demonstrated a major commitment and contribution in support of the physical or mental welfare of serving or former members of the armed forces community through healthcare, therapeutic treatment or rehabilitation services and support.
  2. Family Values Award: Honouring a person, family or group whose selfless commitment, dedication and support for others in the Armed Forces Community ensures that they are cared for, supported or helped. This selfless act is therefore a shining example to society.
  3. Sporting Excellence Award: Honouring a person or team who have; overcome challenges, inspired others, and demonstrated outstanding achievements in the field of sport.
  4. Inspiration Award: Honouring a person or group who have overcome significant challenges, injury or disability and whose ongoing and past outstanding achievements and behaviours are an inspiration to others.
  5. Animal Partnership Award: Honouring the unique relationships and companionship provided by animals, and/or the achievements of individuals/organisations engaged with animals that support and/or empower members of the Armed Forces Community.
  6. Lifetime Achievement Award: Honouring a person or group whose lifetime of dedicated service has provided a significant contribution in support of the Armed Forces Community.
  7. Working Together Award: Honouring a person, team or organisation that has demonstrated an enduring commitment and collaborative approach, engaging with external organisations supporting the sector within the wider community.
  8. Education, Training and Development Award: Recognising excellence in the provision of vocational education, training or skills in support of preparatory, ongoing, or transitional development, for members of the wider Armed Forces Community.
  9. Defence Inclusivity Award: Recognising the commitment and achievements of individuals and organisations in achieving greater diversity and inclusion throughout the Armed Forces Community.
  10. Business of the Year – Start Up Award: Honouring a new business, that was started by an individual linked with the armed forces who still retains a minimum of 51% interest in the venture and that has been in business for less than two years.
  11. Business of the Year – Scale Up Award: Honouring a business that has been established over two years ago, started by an individual linked with the armed forces and who still retains a minimum of 51% interest in the venture.
  12. Business of the Year – Community Impact Award: Honouring a business, that was started up by an individual linked with the armed forces, that has made a real impact to the Armed Forces Community.