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May 12th, 2017

2017 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year

About the Event

Military Spouse magazine founded the Military Spouse of the Year® (MSOY) award in 2008 to honor military spouses of all ranks and from all branches of service. More than a million military spouses support and maintain the homefront while our service members defend this great nation. The Military Spouse of the Year® award recognizes military spouses’ important contributions and unwavering commitment to the military community and our country.
The program receives nominations from the military community and all Americans. There are three phases of voting, culminating in the announcement of the Military Spouse of the Year® at an annual awards luncheon in Washington, D.C. in early May. The event attracts Congressional members, senior military, Department of Defense leadership, and military spouses from all over the world. Military Spouse encourages all Americans to consider nominating their friends, neighbors, or colleagues for this prestigious honor.

History

2008

Military Spouse pioneered the
concept of empowering the
community by enabling military
spouses to recognize leaders
within their ranks. It was also
the inaugural Military Spouse
of the Year® awards luncheon.

2009

Military Spouse added a
Spouse of the Year (SOY)
for each branch of service.

2012

Military Spouse introduced a
MSOY Alumni Luncheon to
foster greater camaraderie
amongst current and former
branch and military SOYs.

2013

Military Spouse added an
installation level to the award,
ensuring that each and every
base, district (Coast Guard),
and state (National Guard)
has a representative.

2014

Military Spouse selected its
first overseas MSOY, who was
stationed in Okinawa, Japan
(2014 AFI MSOY Lakesha Cole).

2015

Taya Kyle spoke at the MSOY
luncheon, where she was
awarded the Gabby Giffords
Award for Bravery and Courage.

Timeline

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Nominations Open

January 2nd

Nominations Close

January 31st

Meet the Candidates

February 1st

Base Vote

February 2nd

Base Vote Ends

February 9th

Base Winners Announced

February 13th

Top 18 Announced

February 15th

Branch Vote

February 20th

Branch Winners Announced

February 24th

National Vote

March 2nd

MSOY Awards

May 12th

Nominate a Spouse

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Rules

To be considered for the 2017 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year®, a nominee must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an ID card carrying spouse of an active duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces. U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy or U.S. National Guard.
  • The nominee must be nominated by a non-family member. National Guard spouses are eligible if their service member has been activated for at least 180 days on or before the MSOY nominations deadline.
  • Reserve military spouses are eligible if their service member has been activated for at least 180 consecutive days during the 12 months preceding the MSOY nominations deadline.
  • The nominee cannot currently be serving on active duty, as a reservist or as a Guardsman in any branch of the military.
  • Is at least 18 years of age or will turn age 18 on or before the MSOY nominations deadline.

Voting Process

Round 1: Installation Voting

Nominations are collected and organized per base, district and state. The nominee with the highest popular vote at each base, district or state will be named the respective winner and advance for consideration in the Top 18 spouses. There will be a separate category to accommodate spouses who are not currently attached to a base (e.g. spouses on recruiting duty). In the event a base/district/state does not receive any votes for its candidates, that installation will not have a candidate for that year.

CRITERIA WEIGHTING Popular Vote: 100%

Round 2: Top 18

Nominees who have won their respective base, district or state will continue to move on as candidates. The Top 18 Spouses of the Year will be decided based on the results of the popular vote from Round 1, a Judge Advisory Panel and the MSOY Panel. These 18 candidates, three from each branch, will be eligible for their branch round of voting.

CRITERIA WEIGHTING

Results of Popular Vote from Round 1: 25%

Judge Advisory Panel (Guest Judges): 25%


MSOY Panel: (Victory Media, Armed Forces Insurance and Previous MSOYs): 50%

Round 3: Branch Voting

Nominees who advance to the Top 18 level will be eligible for their branch round of voting. After the Branch Level Vote, the highest combined score derived from the popular vote, the MSOY Panel and the Judge Advisory Panel will result in the six National level candidates.

CRITERIA WEIGHTING

Popular Vote: 25%

Judge Advisory Panel: 25%

MSOY Panel: 50%

Round 4: Overall MSOY

Branch winners will then advance to the final round of voting. The 2017 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® will be selected based on the highest combined score derived from the popular vote, the Judge Advisory Panel and the MSOY Panel. The National Winner will not be announced until Friday, May 12th at the program’s awards luncheon.

CRITERIA WEIGHTING

Popular Vote: 25%

Judge Advisory Panel: 25%

MSOY Panel: 50%

Our Team

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Suzie Schwartz

President of Military Spouse Programs
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Lindsay Bradford

Vice President of Military Spouse Programs
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Kariah Manwaring

MSOY & Military Spouse Digital Marketing Coordinator
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DJ Yokley

Military Partnerships Manager
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Joe Maiocco

Creative Director
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Anthony Vingas

Video Production Specialist
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Laurie Cowin

Managing Editor, Military Spouse

Sponsors

Title Sponsor

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Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

Hilton
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Bronze Sponsors

AAFMAA
ZZZ-Bears
LifeChest
NMSN

Featured Supporters

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Past Winners

Dave Etter

2016 Armed Forces Insurance Army Spouse of the Year®

Natasha Harth

2016 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year

Lindsay Bradford

2016 Armed Forces Insurance Navy Spouse of the Year®

Michelle Aikman

2016 Armed Forces Insurance Air Force Spouse of the Year®

Jennifer Mullen

2016 Armed Forces Insurance Coast Guard Spouse of the Year®

Cara Loken

2016 Armed Forces Insurance National Guard Spouse of the Year

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Upcoming Dates

Nominations Open – Jan. 2
Nominations Close – Jan 31
Meet the Candidates – Feb. 1
Base Vote – Feb. 2
Base Vote Ends – Feb. 9
Base Winners Announced – Feb. 13

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