Commitment – 10 August 2016


On Saturday, 27 February, at 11:59 pm, the voting process for the Class of 2018 Commitment Coin design closed with a clear and obvious winner. Coin Design #2, both sides “A” and “B” were the popular choice. Thank you ALL for offering your input and suggestions in order to have a memento for our cadets that will have lasting meaning.

Commitment Coin Final

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Above is the winning design for the Class of 2018’s Commitment Coin.

Following a transparent design process, six complete coin designs (one with an additional back option) were submitted and posted, on schedule. After 2.5 days of voting online, this design was the clear winner.

One very small change was made at the suggestions and input we received, and the 5-point star in the top border, above the eagle, was changed to reflect the “Polaris star.” We hope you agree with our decision to make the alteration.

MANY THANKS to each of you who supported and contributed to the process, whether making suggestions or actually submitting a design. Well done!

Based on the winning design, a manufacturer/mint house will review our selected design (and might make a suggestion or two to tweak the design), and offer bids to make the die, and produce this beautiful coin, where the Spirit Mission Board will review for consideration.

Delivery of the coins from the manufacturer will be coordinated, tracked, and followed, all the way to the Commitment Dinner in August, in an attempt to ensure that every 2018 cadet receives their coin.

Thanks again for your active participation. We’ve come up with a great memento to mark this major milestone!

John Acton



: a promise to do or give something
: a promise to be loyal to someone or something
: the attitude of someone who works very hard to do or support something

(as defined in Merriam-Webster)


21 comments on “Commitment – 10 August 2016
  1. Glenda Rast says:

    Great job! Thanks to the Committee (and those who submitted designs) for all of your hard work.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Excellent! Thanks for all you do.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for all the hard work to make this coin selection a collaborative process. I am thrilled with the final coin design. I am very mindful when images of individual, male cadets are depicted on coins since I wonder how hardworking female cadets feel when they are not depicted. I appreciate symbols rather than stock photos of male cadets. Thank you!

  4. DJ says:

    Date should be in military format: XX August 2016

  5. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful! Well done and thank you ever so much for all the time and energy to put this together for our Cadets. This is a magnificent coin!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thank you! Much time and effort went into this and we appreciate all the hard work. We will certainly make a donation.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Brings tears to my eyes knowing that my son will be a part of this wonderful commitment ceremony!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Love the Coin!!

  9. anonymous says:

    Thank you to the Committee for doing such a great job, allowing parent input to guide the selection of this coin is very much appreciated. Thank you also to the parents who took the time to submit designs, and to the designer of this coin, superb and very impressive work.

  10. Cathy Coplen says:

    The coin is beautiful and I know each of the cadets will cherish it as a memento of such an important milestone in their lives. Thank you to everyone who had a hand in it. Job very well done! I loved all the designs and could not even vote. It was just such a hard choice.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Nothing really special about this coin just less busy than the other options.

    • Well, you can’t make everyone happy, though 80% of the voters disagreed with you. 🙂 As they say, it’s the thought that counts. We do hope the cadets appreciate the coin’s significance as a reminder of their commitment.

  12. Anonymous says:

    This is my favorite coin so far! I like it better than the Recognition and Exemplar coins. Great job!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Hey THANKS New Spirit Mission! Just LOVE the design of the Commitment coin – totally the BEST so far. I’ll be anxious to see what they look like when they’re finished! Any date as of yet?

  14. Anonymous says:

    The coin is beautiful! I know the cadets will be proud to receive this at their commitment dinner! My thanks to all the designers of the coins (it really was a tough choice). Doing a great job spirit mission committee!

  15. Cathy Smith says:

    Do all cadets of class 2018 receive this coin? Are coins available to families of cadets?

    • Yes, all cadets who are committing will receive a coin. The coins are nicely packaged in an envelop with the cadet’s name and sealed with their squadron seal (to ensure the envelop isn’t opened). If the cadet is on exchange, out of the country, or not at the commitment dinner for any other reason, the cadet need only see their AOC to receive their coin.

      I’m sorry, the coins are not available to the families. By tradition, they are only received by the cadet who is committing, AOCs, AMTs, legacy class members who attend the dinner and head table staff.

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