||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.
||Vietnam Medal - British Imperial Award
Name of Award: Vietnam Medal
||Australian Defence Medal - Australian Government Award
The Australian Defence Medal (ADM) has been established to recognise Australian Defence Force Regular and Reserve personnel who have demonstrated their commitment and contribution to the nation by serving for an initial enlistment period or four years service whichever is the lesser.
Her Majesty the Queen approved the Regulations and Letters Patent for the medal on 20 March 2006 and these were promulgated in Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No. S 48 of 30 March 2006
Name of Award: Australian Defence Medal
Description of Ribbon: The Australian Defence Medal ribbon is red with black edges, the colours of the Flanders poppy that represent the Anzac spirit of the Australian armed forces. The two white stripes divide the ribbon into three, to denote the three services of the Australian Defence Forces, and also represent service contributing to the peace of Australia.
Clasp or Emblem Worn (if Awarded)
The ADM is a circular cupro-nickel medal with the stylised version of the Commonwealth Coat of Arms used on the Australia Service Medal 1939-45 surrounded by the inscription "THE AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE MEDAL" above a sprig of wattle on the obverse. The reverse has the inscription "FOR SERVICE" below the Crown of St Edward all surrounded by a wattle wreath. The use of the wreath acknowledges the sacrifice of those who have died in service or been discharged due to injury resulting from service, a secondary qualification for the medal.
Conditions of Award
The Australian Defence Medal recognises Australian Defence Force personnel who have efficiently completed either:
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:
World War II veterans are not eligible for the Australian Defence Medal unless they completed the qualifying service after 3 September 1945. The Australia Service Medal 1939-45 is the Australian award for the recognition of World War II service.
The Medal may be awarded posthumously.
Order of Wearing
The ADM is worn in the position notified by the Governor-General in the document, The Order of Wearing Australian Honours and Awards.
You can download an Application Form for the Australian Defence Medal. Click here.
||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
|General Service Medal (1962) - British Imperial Award
|Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal
Name of Award: Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal
|Australian Army Infantry Combat Badge
Agreed to in early 1971
|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.
|The Anniversary of National Service 1951-1972 Medal
Name of Award: Anniversary of National Service 1951 - 1972 Medal
Download the forms needed to apply for your national Service medal here.
|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 in July 1996 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,
|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".
Special Conditions |
1. Visits and Inspections, on duty, totalling 30 days count towards service for most stars and medals.
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To view and download the form
necessary to apply for the
Certificate of Appreciation