Purpose: The FAPAC Military Meritorious Service Awards honor military members, men and women, who have supported the DoD mission, overseas contingency operations, or whose attributes best epitomized the qualities and core values of their respective Military Service or other DoD Component.

Event and Date: The award will be given out at the FAPAC National Leadership Training Program held each year in the month of May to coincide with the Asian Pacific American Islander Heritage Month.

Download the Military Award Nomination Form Here

Submit Award Nomination Form Here

Performance Period: Each Fiscal Year or Calendar Year

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2018

Point of Contact:

General Evaluation Criteria

This criteria is used in any of the following areas

  1. The nominee fostered an innovative and harmonic environment between the military and Asian Pacific American civilian Community.
  2. The nominee distinguished himself or herself by promoting the tenets of civil/human rights, equal opportunity, human relations, and/or public service.
  3. The nominee displayed exceptional character that distinguishes an individual as an outstanding leader, role model or mentor by promoting the development or advancement of all DoD personnel including women and minorities. 
  4. The nominee contributed to the equal opportunity for selection, promotion or retention of women and minorities in senior grade level positions and under-represented occupations.
  5. The nominee believed in and practiced the tenets of a democratic society, including the U.S. Constitution undefined the belief that all people are created equal, and that freedom is a right that must be protected at all times.
  6. The nominee assisted in overcoming discrimination and eliminating barriers that hinder equal opportunity for all members of the Armed Forces and civilians including women and minorities in the Armed Forces.
  7. The nominee supported the full integration and promotion of all DoD personnel to include minorities and women within the Armed Forces and civilian workforce.
  8. The nominee created opportunities that support and contribute to the mentorship, development, advancement or retention of all personnel including women and minorities in government service consistent with merit principles.
  9. The nominee created job or training opportunities that will support and contribute to advancement of all Service members including women and minorities in the Armed Forces or civilian workforce.


All Military members and service members from the following Branches are eligible for a maximum of 12 awards:

  1. Air Force Active
  2. Air Force Reserve
  3. Air National Guard 
  4. Army Active
  5. Army Reserve
  6. Army National Guard
  7. Coast Guard Active
  8. Coast Guard Reserve
  9. Navy Active
  10. Navy Reserve
  11. Marine Corps Active
  12. Marine Corps Reserve

Submission PROCESS

Various DoD Component organizations may select award winners based upon set criteria below and assembled award winner packages to be submitted online at by the above deadline.

Various DoD Components Diversity or Service Military Equal Opportunity (MEO) office can submit the nomination packages online at by the above deadline.

Nomination packages shall include, at a minimum, the items listed below. Incomplete packages will not be considered.

  1. Cover or transmittal memorandum
  2. Award Nomination Form (Download Here)
  3. An Accomplishment narrative describing the award nominee’s accomplishments warranting the recognition specific to the award as a text or Word document not to exceed two pages*
  4. An award citation highlighting the award winner’s accomplishments as a text or Word document*
  5. A single-spaced biography of the award winner not to exceed one page*
  6. A digital head and shoulders color or black-and-white photograph of the award winner (jpg, png, or tiff)
*These files should be text or word document, single-spaced, 12-pitch font, with 1 inch left and right margins. Please do not send scanned or PDF documents.

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