Celebrate Month of the Military Child this April

Children and young people from Armed Forces families are being celebrated in April, which has been designated as the ‘Month of the Military Child’. 

Month of the Military Child logo superimposed over the bottom left corner of an image of happy children running across a grassy field

The aim is to highlight the challenges they face and overcome, applaud their strengths and raise awareness of what their lives are like. 

The official emblem of the Month of the Military Child is a dandelion because its seeds are blown far and wide by the wind but it will plant roots and blossom wherever these seeds land. 

The purple background reflects all branches of the military – a combination of Army green, Air Force Blue, Navy blue, Coast Guard blue and Marine red. 

Military Child art competition

The MoD – in partnership with the charity Never Such Innocence, which encourages children and young people to reflect on conflict through poetry, art, speech and song – is inviting Armed Forces families to take part in the month-long celebration by creating poems, prose or pictures inspired by the dandelion and reflecting Service life.

The competition is open to those between the ages of 5 and 18 and winning pieces will be displayed at the MoD’s main building in London and two schools will win a prize pack for their classrooms. 

Enter early and you may see your work shared on the MoD/NSI social media pages throughout April. 

The closing date for entries is 29 April 2022 and winners will be announced on 6 May. 

Submit your entries on the Never Such Innocence website.

Show your support by downloading the logo to use on social media throughout the month.

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