The Australian Defence Force commendation badges are produced in three colours—gold, silver and bronze. These colours indicate the level of award which are as follows: gold—Chief of the Defence Force (CDF); silver—Commander Australian Theatre (COMAST), Commander Support Australia (COMSPTAS), Special Operations Commander Australia (SOCAUST); and bronze—Commander Northern Command (COMNORCOM) and the Commander Deployable Joint Force Headquarters (COMD DJFHQ).
This is the civilian version of the OSB. Before the establishment of the Australian Operational Service Medal (AOSM) in May 2012, those who received the Australian Active Service Medal were also issued with the Returned from Active Service Badge (RASB). Because the AOSM recognises all declared operational service, an Operational Service Badge (OSB) has been established to be issued on the first award of the AOSM. 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. This badge is the highest-quality available, die-struck from one piece brass or copper, and plated. It is not cast from brittle pewter.
Australian Army Recruit Instructor (RI) Badge: This is the now obsolete version (the current issue features the word ARMY, in lieu of 1RTB). Worn by recruit instructors at 1st Recruit Training Battalion at Kapooka. This is the first version pattern badge that is now becoming quite scarce and highly prized at auctions to replace lost kit. Secured by two clutch pins and finished in antique burnished copper, this is an excellent reproduction, approximately 26mm x 26mm.
Australian Army Commendation Badge: Die struck in all three award categories, gold, silver and bronze. Badges are available in full-size and miniature. The badge recognises the award of a Chief of Army (CA) or selected Army Two-star General Officer Commendation. It is oval in shape and bears the CA insignia. The badge is produced in three coloursgold, silver and bronze. These colours indicate the level of awards.
The Army Combat Badge, or ACB: The ACB is a dress embellishment, not an award. The ACB is awarded to any member of the Australian Regular Army (ARA), Army High Readiness or Active Reserve on continuous full-time service (CFTS) or other reserve member in exceptional circumstances, for service in warlike operations or situations. This award does not replace the Infantry Combat Badge (ICB). The purpose of the ACB is to recognise any member of the ARA or Army Reserve who was force assigned to a combat team or battle group who participated in warfighting against an armed enemy on warlike operations. In exceptional circumstances, engagement in warfighting whilst serving in other than warlike activities, such as peacekeeping operations, may be recognised with the award of the ACB.
The badge for the Soldiers Medallion for Exemplary Service: Available in two sizes, full and miniature, this replica antiqued copper badge is 24mm diameter (full size) and 12mm diameter (miniature). The Soldiers Medallion Badge is a miniature of the Soldiers Medallion. The design is based on the two central figures of the Army Memorial with the wording âExemplary Service â Australian Army.â Soldiers of the rank of Corporal and below who have given exemplary service well above that expected of soldiers in the performance of their duties and have not been recognised by another award (for that service), are eligible for the award of the Soldiers Medallion. The badge may be worn in perpetuity by entitled personnel.
RASB: Returned from Active Service Badge (current issue). Awarded to all service men and women who have returned from active service overseas since 1953 (Crown of St Edward), and postings in warlike conditions. This badge covers the period from 1953 to the current issues including Malaya, Viet Nam, Middle East, Timor and ICAT. High quality, injection-moulded excellent relief antiqued copper badge with two clutch pins for secure holding ability.
Parachute brevet (wings), as issued to jump-qualified members of 3 RAR (the 3rd Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment). 3RAR's wings are a re-designed version borne from Australia's WWII para wings. Sold as a single brevet.
Australian Army Individual Readiness - AIRN badge. This badge is worn on the right breast to denote that the wearer is currently ready and able to be deployed overseas on operations in his/her normal posting. Nickel plated Austeyr.