In past years, Military Times has used the month of March to decide such critical issues as the greatest military movie ever made ("Full Metal Jacket") and the greatest piece of military hardware ever designed (the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier). This year is no different.

We'll be asking our readers to vote for their favorite fictional military character from film and television. But before we can do that, we'll need to narrow the field to 64 worthy contenders, spanning all eras and genres. While some favorites come to mind immediately, the rest of the entries can be tough calls ... and that's where you come in.

Below are four polls designed to help us with some tough choices. Cast your vote to help set the bracket, and leave your reasoning in the comments below.

Don't see your favorite fictional character listed? It's probably because he or she is already safely in the field, but if you've got an unheralded character we might've overlooked, leave us your suggestions in the comments.

1. Narrowing down 'The Duke'

2. Sci-fi fighters

3. Big stars and blockbusters

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Classic heroes

We'll unveil the full bracket next month; follow any of the Military Times publications on Facebook or Twitter for updates.