On 22MAY 2012 Her Majesty The Queen approved the issue of a new medal to be called the Australian Operational Service Medal (OSM).
Australian Operational Service Medal (OSM)
For Australian Defence Force (ADF) Members :-
The OSM has been introduced to replace the Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) and Australian Service Medal for future ADF operations. The OSM will be awarded to ADF members for service on operations recommended and approved as warranting recognition. Each declared operation will be recognised by the standard medal with a unique ribbon for each operation in the same way as the United Nations Medal is awarded. Where appropriate, an accumulated service device will recognise those who render additional prescribed periods of service on a particular operation.
The first service declared for the OSM is the range of border protection operations conducted since 1997.
Australian Operational Service Medal - Border Protection Application Form
An application form specifically designed for the Australian Operational Service Medal - Border Protection (AE 376) has been produced and can be downloaded from the Defence website. It is also available on the DRN Webforms site.
Applicants should be aware that every attempt will be made to process their applications promptly. However, the Directorate of Honours and Awards is continuing to source reliable data to enable accurate assessments of all applications received. To that end, there is likely to be a significant delay before applicants are advised of the outcome of their application for the Australian Operational Service Medal - Border Protection.
Operational Service Badge
Before the establishment of the OSM, those who received the AASM were also issued with the Returned from Active Service Badge (RASB). Because the OSM recognises all declared operational service, an Operational Service Badge (OSB) has been established to be issued on the first award of the OSM.
The OSB has two versions - military and civilian, to be issued with the respective medal types.
The RASB will continue to be issued with the AASM for current warlike operations.
In contrast with the RASB, the OSB may also be issued to the next-of-kin of deceased members
to complement the award of the OSM.