Australian Infantry Combat Badge

MEDALS, BADGES AND AWARDS

AASM
The Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75
Australian Active Service Medal - Australian Government Award

Notice given to local members on 24 September 1997. Letters Patent: C.A.G. S18 dated 19 January 1998.
The Australian Active Service Medal 1945 - 1975, with Clasps denoting areas of service, is awarded to members of the Australian Defence Force and certain Australian civilians for service in specified areas overseas. There are four approved Clasps for this medal, Korea, Malaya, Malaysia and Vietnam, each with respective qualifying areas and periods.
Name of Award: The Australian Active Service Medal 1945 - 1975 with Clasp, Vietnam
Description of Ribbon: A narrow central red stripe flanked by two narrow yellow stripes, which are in turn flanked by two light blue bands. On the outer edges are stripes of purple with dark green stripes on their inner edges.
Clasp or Emblem Worn (if Awarded)
Clasp, Vietnam
Conditions of Award
Awarded to members of the Australian Defence Force, civilian members of the Department of Defence, civilian contractors of the Department of Defence, members of the Australian Merchant Navy; members of an Australian Surgical and Medical Team; Australian War Correspondents; members of the Salvation Army, Australian Red Cross, Australian Young Men's Christian Association and Australian Campaigners for Christ, who qualified for the General Service Medal 1962 with Clasp South Vietnam, the Vietnam Medal or the Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal for service in South Vietnam between 24 December 1962 and 27 January 1973.
Eligibility for the Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 has recently been extended to:
RAN personnel who served with the Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR) during the Malayan Emergency. These personnel will also be eligible for the Naval General Service Medal; Official, uniformed war correspondents and war artists who served with ADF personnel during the Malayan Emergency; ADF personnel awarded the General Service Medal 1962 with Clasp 'Brunei' for service during the Indonesian Confrontation; RAN personnel serving in HMAS Vampire during the Indonesian Confrontation; ADF members serving on the Thai Malay border immediately after the Malayan Emergency, between 1 August 1960 and 27 May 1963; ADF members seconded to the Royal Malaysian Armed Forces during the Indonesian Confrontation; Australian Army Air Dispatch serving with 55 AD Coy RASC or 'Miscellaneous Australian Detachments unit of FARELF'; Personnel who served at RAAF Base Ubon in Thailand between 26 June 1965 and 31 August 1968; and QANTAS crew members who served on RAAF charter flights during the Vietnam War from 1964-73.


Vietnam Medal
The Vietnam Medal
Vietnam Medal - British Imperial Award

Name of Award: Vietnam Medal
Description of Ribbon: Three narrow red stripes on a broad central yellow band boarded by red. A broad dark blue strip on the left, and a broad light blue stripe on the right.
Clasp or Emblem Worn (if Awarded)
Mention In Despatches
Conditions of Award
One day or more on the posted strength of a Unit or formation in Vietnam. A total of 28 days in ships or craft in inland waters or off the coast. 30 days service on the basis of official visits, inspections or other occurrences of a temporary nature of duty.
Period: 29 May 1964 to 27 January 1973
Persons eligible for the Vietnam Medal are not eligible for the Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal


Vietnamese Campaign Medal
The Vietnamese Campaign Medal
Vietnamese Campaign Medal - South Vietnamese Government Award

This was the hardest Vietnam era medal to earn as it required at least 181 days "special service" in Vietnam, unless terminated by battle casualty. As a Foreign Award it is ranked junior to all Australian Awards.

Name of Award: Vietnamese Campaign Medal
Description of Ribbon: Green with three vertical white stripes. Date cluster "1960-" worn centrally on ribbon with straight sides of scroll perpendicular.
Clasp or Emblem Worn (if Awarded)
Nil

Conditions of Award Awarded by the Government of the Republic of Vietnam. "Special Service" totalling at least 181 days in South Vietnam, unless terminated by a Battle Casualty.
Period: 31 July 1962 to 28 March 1973.


GSM Medal

General Service Medal (1962)
General Service Medal (1962) - British Imperial Award


Assented to in 1961. There are three approved Clasps for this medal, South Vietnam, Borneo and Malay Peninsula, each with respective qualifying areas and periods.
Name of Award: General Service Medal 1962 with Clasp, South Vietnam
Description of Ribbon: Purple with green edges
Clasp or Emblem Worn (if Awarded)
Mention In Despatches
Conditions of Award
30 days service in South Vietnam between 24 December 1962 and 28 May 1964. Awarded only to members of Australian Army Training Team, Vietnam.


VLS Medal

Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal
Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal

Name of Award: Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal
Description of Ribbon
Three narrow red stripes on a broad central yellow band. Bordered on the left by a red stripe with an inner dark blue stripe. Bordered on the right by a light blue stripe with an inner stripe of dark brown.
Clasp or Emblem Worn (if Awarded)
Nil
Conditions of Award
Awarded to members of the Australian Armed Forces who rendered service in support of the Australian Armed Forces in operations in Vietnam between 29 May 1964 and 27 January 1973. May also be awarded to Accredited Civilian War Correspondents, Australian Entertainers, Civilian Surgical Aid Teams, Civilian Defence Contractors, QANTAS Flight Crew and members of the Merchant Navy, who rendered service in support of the Australian Armed Forces in Vietnam. Actual service within Vietnam is required.
Persons eligible for the Vietnam Medal are not eligible for the Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal.


Australian Defence Medal

Name of the Award: The Australian Defence Medal.

Description of Ribbon: The ADM ribbon is red with black edges, the colours of the Flanders poppy that represent the Anzac spirit of the Australian armed forces. The white stripes divide the ribbon into three, to denote the three Services and also represent service contributing to the peace of Australia .

Clasp or Emblem Worn (if Awarded)
Nil

Condition of Award: The ADM recognises Australian Defence Force personnel who have efficiently completed either: an initial enlistment period, or four years service,
whichever is the lesser, and all of the relevant service was after 3 September 1945.

Included are former Defence Force members who did not complete the qualifying period because they: died in service,
were medically discharged (based upon individual circumstances), or
left the service due to a Defence workplace policy of the time. (For example, in the past a woman was required to resign on marriage.)


Infantry Combat Badge

Australian Army Infantry Combat Badge
Australian Army Infantry Combat Badge

Agreed to in early 1971
Name of Award: Australian Army Infantry Combat Badge
Description of Badge:
The badge, finished in bronze, is in the form of a (vertically mounted Australian Army SLR) bayonet surrounded by (an oval shaped) laurel wreath. It is approximately 28 mm wide and fixed to the uniform by means of pins and clutch grips.
Clasp or Emblem Worn (if Awarded)
Nil
Conditions of Award
Except as provided in the following, the Infantry Combat Badge may only be awarded to a serving member of the Australian Army who has given, either continuous or aggregate, 90 days satisfactory service as an infantryman in operations.
Service as an infantryman means service as a member of the Royal Australian Infantry Corps in an infantry posting in an Australian Infantry Battalion, Independent Rifle Company, Commando Company, Special Air Service Regiment, or other such Australian unit as may be designated by the Chief of General Staff.
Operations is defined as service in a war or campaign in respect of which a campaign star or medal is awarded.
Special circumstances exist where members of other Corps may be awarded the badge. These are dealt with on a case by case basis by an Infantry Combat Badge Committee. These "special circumstances" are not dealt with here in these notes.
Wearing of the Badge
The Infantry Combat Badge is worn on the left breast, centrally placed one (1) cm immediately above the medal ribbons or medals. The Badge is worn with the bayonet pointing upwards and is not to be polished.


Returned From Active Service Badge

Returned from Active Service Badge
Returned from Active Service Badge

The Returned from Active Service Badge in its present form, has been awarded to eligible service personnel since 1939. The only significant change occurred when the current Queen's crown replaced that of her fathers'. It continues to be awarded today in conjunction with the Australian Active Service Medal where service qualifies for the award of this medal, eg Kuwait and Somalia and is being issued for current service in areas such as East Timor, today.
Returned from Active Service Badges have a unique serial number on their reverse side. This is a manufacturing number, and is not related to Service Numbers. For World War Two soldiers, these serial numbers were recorded in the Individuals Service Records and were also recorded on the Individual's Certificate of Discharge.
The badges are awarded by the Australian Army, Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Australian Navy and the Australian Mercantile Marine, and have a letter prefixed to the serial number to identify the branch of the service by which it was issued:
A = Army; AF = Air Force; N = Navy; MN = Merchant Navy.
The words "Issued by the C'wlth Govt" are moulded on the back of the badge along the boomerang on Vietnam era badges.
Name of Award: Returned from Active Service Badge
Description of Badge:
This badge combines the emblems of all services together in the following manner. A centrally placed Crown mounted above a chain and anchor which in turn rests in the middle of an up turned boomerang. A raising sun badge sits behind the crown which in turn is placed in front of a pair of RAAF wings. The words, "Returned from Active Service Badge" are inscribed into the front of the boomerang.
Clasp or Emblem Worn (if Awarded)
Nil
Conditions of Award, (Australian Army)
Service in Vietnam (Southern Zone) between 31 July 1962 and 27 January 1973.


ANS 1951-1972 Medal

The Anniversary of National Service
1951-1972 Medal
The Anniversary of National Service 1951-1972 Medal

Name of Award: Anniversary of National Service 1951 - 1972 Medal
Description of Ribbon:
Clasp or Emblem Worn (if Awarded)
Nil
Conditions of Award
To be issued to all "National Service" personnel called up for national service under various conscription schemes during the period January 1951 to December 1972. Eligibility for the medal will be dependent upon individuals having completed their national service obligation under either schemes put in place during the above period.
General Comments
It is a new commemorative medal only, not a service medal!
It has been stuck to mark the 50th anniversary of the introduction of universal conscription in 1951. Its issue is controversial and is considered by some as a political whim to keep a small vocal pressure group "happy".


Certificate Of Service

Certificate of Service

The Australian Military Forces, Certificate of Discharge, form AAF-A 16, as issued through the late 1960's and early 1970's to Vietnam Era Army Personnel is very much a thing of the past.

This Certificate has now been replaced by The Australian Army, Certificate of Service.

You, as the original recipient, may apply for the replacement of lost decorations, medals, Returned from Active Service Badges, and your "Certificate of Discharge".

If your were also in Infantry Corps and an Infantry man, who served in an Infantry unit and fit the criteria attached to the Infantry Combat Badge, you may also, as the original recipient, apply for the issue or replacement of the Combat badge also. See details above.

Where a soldier has pre-deceased the issue of an additional award, eg. The Australian Army Active Service Medal, 1945-75 with Clasp, Vietnam, then Next-Of-Kin may apply on behalf of that soldier for the issue of such an Award to them.

The application form(s) that we have provided on this web page (below), as released by the Australian Department of Defence cover all the various scenarios that affect the lost, damage and issue of Awards and Decorations to soldiers and /or their Next-Of-Kin.

CARO is not authorised to provide you with an updated Certificate of Service, as the current policy directs that Certificates of Service are not to be re-issued unless they are incorrect due to an administrative error generated by the issuing agency. The award of medals subsequent to the issue of your Certificate of service is not considered an administrative error.

CARO does, however, provide a range of other services to the ex-service community. These include the provision of:

statements of service,
copies of service records for genealogical or historical purposes,
copies of specific documents for employment and/or welfare purposes,
information for eulogies or commemorative purposes etc.


Certificate Of Appreciation

Certificate of Appreciation

Under the "Their Service, Our Heritage" scheme, the Federal Government, through local members has announced a "Certificate of Appreciation in Recognition of Service to Australia during the Vietnam War".

How are applications submitted?

Application forms are available from Federal MPs' offices, DVA Offices or can be downloaded from DVA Forms on the Department of Veterans' Affairs website: Application for Certificate of Appreciation - DVA Form: D0755
Applicants should complete the application form and submit this to their Federal Member.

Eligibility is decided by the Federal Member, in accordance with these guidelines.


Special Conditions

1. Visits and Inspections, on duty, totalling 30 days count towards service for most stars and medals.
2. Operational Service Terminated by death, wounds, or other disability due to service, qualifies as full service for most stars and medals.


It seems the powers that be updated all the Medals and Clasps application forms back in March 2013, and as a result the application forms for the following medals have been withdrawn in favour of just a general Application form.

Application for the Australian Defence Medal (ADM)
Anniversary of National Service 1951-1972 Medal (ANSM)

The NEW application forms are known as:
Issue of Medals
AD807 Application for the Issue of Medals and/or Clasps
AD809 Application for the Posthumous Issue of Medals and/or Clasps

Replacements (of Medals)
AD808 Application for the Issue of Replacement Medals and/or Clasps. (Original Applicant only)
AD809-1 Application for the Replacement of Posthumous Service Awards Due to National Disasters


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