Operational Badge

Operational Service Badge - Military

In 2012 the Australian Government instituted the Australian Operational Service Medal. The introduction of this award means that the Australian Active Service Medal and Australian Service Medal will gradually phase out over time as each operation currently recognised with these awards draws to a close. The Australian Operational Service Medal will now be issued for all new Australian Defence Force operations where medallic recognition is warranted.

Also approved alongside the Australian Operational Service Medal is the Operational Service Badge. This is presented on the first occasion that a person qualifies for an Australian Operation Service Medal. There are two variants of the badge, one for service personnel and another for civilians who render operational service in support of an Australian Defence Operation that qualifies them for the Australian Operational Service Medal – Civilian.

Unlike the Returned from Active Service Badge, the Operational Service Badge can be presented to the next of kin of a deceased person.

One design feature of the badge is that it is surmounted by the Federation Star and not a monarch’s crown. This is the first badge awarded to service personnel to omit the crown.


18. Dec, 2019
Special Operation Medal now struck

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21.12 | 15:08

Please contact me on 03 6383 4677.....K

21.12 | 13:49

Hi Ken - I was in Malaya for two x three week visits in 1960 and 1963, was also involved in the Indonesian Confrontation - flew as Radar/Radio Op, 11 Sqn RAAF

04.11 | 09:41

See: "We Band of Brothers - A True Australian Adventure Story" by Brian W McFarlane, a lieutenant in 2RAR 1954-57. 1st tour story, download from AMAZON Books.

20.08 | 12:39

Please ring 03 6383 4677, & I will discuss this with you. Do you know Rod Bramich ?

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