The MP Regimental Hall of Fame
COL (Ret) Pat Lowrey
RMPO Digest Editor, Emeritus
Members of the RMPO are invited to read the revised regulation on the homepage governing the MP Corps Regimental Hall of Fame process. (A link to the new regulation may also be found below.) The history of the Military Police Corps from its colonial beginnings as Maréchaussée Corps to contemporary campaigns as warrior police in the Middle-East is filled with enduring accounts of people, units, unique events and special achievements. That rich legacy serves as foundation for honoring select members of the Corps whose accomplishments rise to a level of recognizable impact on the United States Army and the Military Police Corps. In 1992, some 51 years after of the formal 1941 establishment of the MP Corps, a Hall of Fame was established to recognize select individuals who favorably impacted the Military Police Corps in significant and extraordinary ways.
Since 1992, sixty one (61) men and women in the Corps, ranging in grade from First Sergeant to Major General, have been honored for their service by induction into the Hall of Fame. The honorees comprise a broad range of years on active duty ranging from 1897 to 2005. Inductees are honored by a permanent display in the Regimental Room of the Military Police Museum at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Thus far, the display contains the photographs and narratives of major accomplishments of 61 Hall of Fame honorees.
Over the years, the Hall of Fame selection process has evolved dramatically. Foremost, it has become more widespread in terms of awareness to all those who served in the MP Corps. The increased awareness has, over time, grown the number of nominations and ostensibly resulted in selection becoming more competitive.
Nomination Criteria and Process
The criteria for nomination and selection are published in recently revised US Army MP Corps Regimental Regulation 870-1, dated September 21, 2011. The regulation states in part that:
“d. A nominee must have made a significant and long term contribution to the development of the Military Police Corps. Additionally, the nominee must have contributed in some significant fashion to the evolution and definition of the Military Police Corps' character, doctrine, mission and/or training within their tour of service and/or in retirement. Nominations may be based on a heroic action.”
The personal data requirements in the regulation are understandably detailed. Nomination packets must include biographical data, detailed career biography, complete narrative justification, 8” x 10” face photo (color or black and white), and a short narrative (6-8 sentences) for display under the photograph in the Hall of Fame. The “lead in paragraphs” to the narrative justification could contain an overview (similar to an Executive Summary) which specifically highlights the significant long term contribution or impact made by the nominee as the regulation requires.
Each annual selection board can select a minimum of one (1) and not more than three (3) inductees for each year’s induction. In certain instances, the Chief of Military Police (Commandant of the MP School) may specifically approve zero selections or more than three (3) if deemed appropriate. Nominations that are not selected by the board will be retained for reconsideration for two additional years. These will be retired to the MP archives.
Some major changes enacted in the September 2011 regulation follow:
Time Line. The previous years complete Hall of Fame selection process time line varied each year. A timeline from announcement at the beginning of the year to the induction ceremony in September is now codified in the regulation. Nominations are due by March 1st of each year and boards will be held in April..
Submission Limitations. Nominations from persons residing in geographical areas distant from active duty MP units or Army posts were inhibited by a previous requirement to obtain approval and transmission of the nomination by an O-6 level MP commander or PM Many retirees have no direct contact with active duty military police organizations or their commanders. This requirement has been removed and nominations may be submitted directly to the Chief of Military Police by the nominator. This may be family members.
Eligibility for Consideration. Eligibility for induction into the Hall of Fame has been clarified. It includes retired Commissioned Officers, Warrant Officers, Enlisted Soldiers or Civilians who have served in or supported an Active, National Guard, or Reserve Military Police unit or agency. Nominees must be retired from military service at least two complete years prior to consideration. US civil service employees who are retired from military service for two years or longer are eligible for nomination. Civil service and foreign service employees who were employed by Military Police organizations are eligible after two years of retirement.
Nomination Disposition. Nominations will be considered for three consecutive years. Nominations not selected by the board will be retained for reconsideration for two additional years. The regulation proscribes that nominators will be informed in writing when their nomination has not been selected for induction by the selection board.
Endorsement Letters. For several years, a high volume of nomination packets have been submitted. Some contained large numbers of letters of recommendation. Letters of endorsements submitted with the packet are limited to not more than three (3) total letters.
This new regulation is intended to assist the un-informed reader through the format of requirements in submitting a successful nomination. And, the regulation provides a view of the working mechanisms of a typical board deliberation. Hopefully, the evaluation methodology will become part of a word-of-mouth “public relations campaign” to help members of the MP retired community understand the fairness and equity under which the US Army MP Regimental Hall of Fall selection system works.
A notable career and an outstanding job performance sometimes do not rise to the level of “significant and long term contribution” to the Military Police Corps. Many nominees are successful professional military police men and women who have accomplished their jobs well throughout their Army careers -- some with special distinction. Accordingly, many received excellent efficiency reports and highly valued Army service awards. In those instances of “significant contribution” to the Army and the Corps, an induction into the MP Regimental Hall of Fame increases the uniqueness and overall distinction of future selections into the honored rolls of the MP Corps.