The Sun Military Awards 2018, also known as the Millies, have recognised the true excellence and jaw-dropping heroics of the UK’s armed forces for 11 years in a row.
This years star-studded ceremony at London’s Banqueting House awarded prizes to winners from the Royal Navy, Army, RAF and the Royal Marines, recognising remarkable feats of bravery, sacrifice and selflessness.
The panel for the awards, which are sponsored by BAE Systems, included Ben Fogle, Jeremy Clarkson, SAS hero Andy McNabb and Penny Lancaster, plus numerous military top brass. You can see a full list of winners at the end of this article.
England manager Gareth Southgate attended the awards ceremony to present the Inspiring Others award to Major Scotty Mills of the Royal Marines, who helped prepare the England men’s football team ahead of their historic World Cup campaign this year and spur them on to the semi-finals in the world cup.
As head of physical training for the Royal Marines, Scotty was tasked with devising a training plan - you might see him working with Dragon Ambassador Marine George Crotty who Scotty is working with to support him in his quest to compete in the 2020 Olympics.
Before the world cup, Major Scotty Mills put the England squad and manager Gareth Southgate through their paces at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines at Lympstone, Devon, for a weekend of intense training like elite Royal Marine Commandos.
Scotty said, ‘as well as leadership and teamwork, we knew they have suffered cataclysmically from fear of failure, year after year with all the pressure that’s been piled on them.’
The training devised by Scotty put the squad in situations where they could not complete as an individual; they had to work as a team to be successful.
Scotty said to them, ‘like you, we are extremely proud to represent our nation, we take being ambassadors extremely seriously.
You’ve got a weight of expectation to bring back some glory–well, we’ve got a weight of expectation to defend our nation’.
He added, ‘the consequences of failure for a Marine are death and injury for me or the Marines under my command- so a little bit of perspective was used.’
The England players were taken out of their comfort zones and put them under a bit of pressure in an alien environment to build resilience, foster a team culture, build an esprit de corps.
Right through the tournament, Scotty and England manager Gareth Southgate, stayed in touch and the training did the trick - England banished their demons, won a penalty shoot-out and captured the hearts of a nation. Scotty said, “if they carry on like they’re doing, then I expect great things for the future.”
There’s no doubt that Scotty will continue to inspire the next generation of elite athletes as you can see from the continued success of 2020 Olympic hopeful Dragon ambassador George Crotty.
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Why don’t you visit the Dragon website before tuning it to watch The Sun Military Awards on Wednesday 19th December at 9pm on Forces TV or Channel Freeview 96 | Sky 450 | Virgin 277 | Freesat 165 | BFBS TV 09.
Full List of Winners.
- Overcoming Adversity Winner - Former LBdr Rob Long, 473 Special
- Observation Battery, Royal Artillery
- Hero Overseas: Unit Winner - HMS Daring
- Hero Overseas Award - Six members of 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards won the Hero Overseas award for their lifesaving first aid response during the Las Vegas shooting last year, where 59 people lost their lives. The young soldiers bravely stepped in and applied their battlefield training to assist the emergency services.
- Hero At Home: Unit Winner - Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Task Force
- Hero At Home: Individual Winner - Cdr Andrew Parkinson, Commanding Officer Navy Combined Cadet Force
- Best Reservist Winner - Cpl Isabell Hutchinson, 299 Parachute Squadron, Royal Engineers
- Inspiring Others Winner - Major Scotty Mills, Royal Marines
- Support To The Armed Forces Winner - There But Not There
- Innovation Awards Winner - Defence Science and Technology Laboratory – Sepsis research
- Judges' Special Recognition Award Winner - RAF100