The Navy League annually presents the Munro award recognizing an outstanding
Coast Guard enlisted member. The awards are separate and distinct from the
military decorations and awards program. The Douglas A. Munro Award for
inspirational leadership is awarded to the Coast Guard enlisted member who
has demonstrated outstanding leadership and professional competence to the
extent of their rank and rate.
more about Douglas Munro.
~ 2018 Munro Inspirational Leadership Award Winner: CS1 Elizabeth Meister
The guidelines are intentionally flexible and extend to all regular and reserve enlisted members serving on active duty during the calendar year. Reserve members serving on active duty over 30 days may be considered alongside regular active duty candidates; it is the command's discretion to determine whether it is reasonable for the reserve member to compete in either category. The Munro award is for regular active duty members only.
E-6 and below Munro Award recipients will receive an automatic merit promotion. Due to the meritorious advancement for the Munro winner, if the winner of the Munro award will be advanced to E-6 or below they will be required to obligate service for an additional period of 12 months from the date of notification. If advancing to E-7, the winner will be required to obligate service for an additional 24 months IAW COMDTINST M1000.2A Enlisted Accessions, Evaluations, and Advancement Manual.
Consistently demonstrate outstanding leadership skills which motivate
and inspire personnel to strive for excellence and achieve measurable
results that contribute to the success of the Coast Guard.
(2) Possess the ability to create and maintain a positive culture where the
differences of all personnel are respected, so that all can achieve their
full potential and maximize their contributions to Coast Guard missions.
(3) Act with strategic intent to ensure optimization of resources, influence
the success of major operations or programs, and achieve operational
(4) Guided, coached, or mentored others to reach new levels of performance.
Commandant (CG-128) solicits nominations via ALCOAST message annually.
Specific Nomination Guidelines -
Nomination Deadline: January 16, 2018
***New this year! All nominations must include a separate document (this will not count toward the total page count and does NOT substitute toward any requirements within the actual nomination package) with the following information: Nominee's Name, Years of Service, Prior Service if applicable, and Family information if applicable (spouse, kids, etc). This is information will be used ONLY by the Commandant's office and Vice Commandant's office to contact the winners.***
- Commands submitting a nomination shall ensure that
member is in compliance with the Coast Guard Weight and body
Fat Standards Program Manual COMDTINST M1020.8 (Series).
- All nominations must include the individuals rank,
rate, time in service, time in grade, and time at unit or
- Each nomination should be in standard memo format using
Times New Roman (12 point) font with one inch margins, not
to exceed three pages.
- Nominations must be accompanied by a proposed citation
along with sufficient background information to enable final
selection of the recipients. Citations must be one-page,
single or doubled spaced, landscape format, typed using Times New
Roman (12 point font) with one inch margins and shall not exceed 15 lines.
- Recommendations are to be forwarded through the chain of
command and endorsed by the first Flag Officer or SES from
their respective units and forwarded to Commandant (CG-128),
Office of Leadership.
HQ offices not within DCMS or DCO chain of command should
forward nominations directly to Commandant (CG-128).
- The nomination should identify specific examples and
supporting information on how the nominee exemplifies each
of the criteria established in section (a) by using action
impact statements explaining how the member inspired others
and influenced favorable outcomes. Note: Feedback from
previous selection panels continues to stress that
nominations should directly address leadership methodologies
and climate rather than simply reporting accomplishments.
- Scanned copies of signed nominations and endorsements
shall be sent by email to
Please save PDF under the naming convention: memberranklastname_nameofaward_activedutyorreserve_year (for
- A selection panel will review the nominations and make
recommendations to the Assistant Commandant for Human
Resources (CG-1) for approval.
Certificates and inscribed watches are presented at the annual National Navy
League Convention. Commandant (CG-128) pays for the winners’ and their
spouse’s transportation and the Navy League pays for accommodations and
meals at the convention location.