The Australian Defence Medal: Sometimes called the '4 Year Medal,' the ADM was struck in 2006 to recognise service with the defence forces of Australia, the eligibility criteria includes former ADF members who completed their initial enlistment period, or four years service, whichever is the lesser. The criteria also recognises National Servicemen and those who could not serve the four-year qualifying period because of the ADF's workplace and enlistment policies of the time.
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) awarded for service worthy of particular recognition. The Order Of Australia insignia feature the golden wattle flower as the central emblem. The wattle motif is also carried through the riband. An individual ball of wattle blossom has been developed into a simple convex gold disc featuring a rich texture of beads and radiating lines to accentuate the central circlet which represents the surrounding sea. The wattle flower and colours of gold, and where used, royal blue are taken from the Commonwealth Coat Of Arms.IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE:These honours are supplied with 250mm of riband in either the civilian or military division as ordered. This is sufficient riband for mounting in a frame, and sufficient for court or swing mounting of the medal; however significantly more riband will need to be purchased for the neck sash of the Officer or Member classes of the order. Please email for more details as this riband stock is very expensive and the price varies on availability at the time.
Australian Iraq Campaign Medal: The medal recognises service in and around Iraq from 18 MAR 2003 in two discrete operations and AOs; OP FALCONER and OP CATALYST. Zone 1 qualifying service is 18 MAR to 30 APR 2003 for a minimum 7 days' service. Zone 2 is from 1 MAY 2003 onwards for a minimum 30 days' service. Eligibility for RAAF is based on 7 or 30 sorties for the respective zone/s where those sorties were conducted over a period not less than an aggregate of 7 or 30 sorties performed at a rate of not less than one sortie per day.
The reverse of the Iraq Medal is based on a processional lion copied from a relief on the Gateway of the Temple of Ishtar in Babylon. The lion was one of the dominant 'power symbols' of the Assyrian Empire, being reserved to the ruling house and the higher priesthood of the dominant sects. The lion stands on a narrow plinth (for balance) and the word "IRAQ@" appears below. The obverse of the medal is based on the Australian Coat of Arms (the same as the Afghanistan Campaign Medal to be released for reproduction shortly and the Australian Defence Medal which has still not been gazetted or issued). The riband design for the Iraq Medal is a combination of: a. Sand yellow - representing the desert sands of Iraq; b. Purple - representing the ADF; and c. Red - the conflict in Iraq.
And please note, this medal is now a superb high-quality injection-moulded reproduction.
We don't 'nickel and dime' you by supplying scant, unusable riband lengths, or worse, making riband a hidden-in-the-fine-print optional extra - every medal comes with 250mm of riband (full size) and 150mm (miniature). Ample for a complete professional court mount.
The insignia of the Meritorious Unit Citation - MUC - is a rhodium plated sterling silver rectangular frame 32 millimetres wide and 15 millimetres deep surrounding a ribbon bar of old gold 28 millimetres wide and 10 millimetres deep with a design of flames emanating from the frames outer edge to the centre. 7. A rhodium plated sterling silver Federation Star 7 millimetres in diameter is placed at the centre of the ribbon bar. 8. The insignia miniature is a two-thirds size replica of the insignia of the Citation surrounding a miniature ribbon bar 18 millimetres wide.Personnel posted to the unit for the period the citation was awarded wear the emblem with the Federation Star device in perpetuity with all orders of Ceremonial, General Duty and Mess Orders of Dress. Personnel who join the unit subsequently wear the citation without the Federation Star, and on leaving the unit cease to wear the citation.
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.
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. For Defence civilians and other classes of civilian who are employed on ADF operations under the provisions of the Defence Force Discipline Act 1982, the OSM is in the form of the standard medal with a unique civilian service ribbon. Each operation will be denoted by a clasp to the medal. Accumulated service devices are not issued with the civilian variant of the OSM.
Australian Afghanistan Campaign Medal: The medal recognises ADF personnel who were force assigned to operations in Afghanistan and support operations in surrounding areas, from the commencement on 11 OCT 2001 and including the withdrawal of ADF personnel on 5 DEC 2002. Personnel subsequently deployed to Afghanistan from 6 DEC 2002 will also qualify for this campaign medal.
Commendation for Distinguished Service: Instituted in 1991, the commendation is awarded for the distinguished performance of duty. The device insignia is a central nickel Federation Star mounted on a row of flames tapering towards each side. The insignia is worn on an ochre riband, 32mm wide.
Commendation for Gallantry: Instituted in 1991. the commendation insignia is a silver gilt (gold) row of flames tapering towards each side, with a Federation Star superimposed in the centre, on a plain orange riband, 32mm wide. The Commendation for Gallantry is a civilian award for acts considered to be of lesser magnitude than would merit the Star or Medal of Gallantry being awarded.
The Australian Distinguished Service Cross: Recipients are entitled to the postnominal letters DSC. So far only two awards have been made (November 1993) to senior Army officers commanding Australian forces assisting the UN peace-keeping operations in Somalia.
The riband is ochre-red, flanked by silver blue bands. The obverse is a modified Maltese cross with a seven pointed Federation Star at the centre and flames in the interstices. It is ensigned with a St Edward Crown affixed to a plain supension bar. The reverse is plain but for a horizontal panel giving details of the award.We don't 'nickel and dime' you by supplying scant, unusable riband lengths, or worse, making riband a hidden-in-the-fine-print optional extra - every medal comes with 250mm of riband (full size) and 150mm (miniature). Ample for a complete professional court mount.
Australian Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal: The HOSM is awarded to honour members of the Australian Defence Force and recognised Australian groups that render humanitarian service overseas in hazardous circumstances. Circumstances envisaged include service in war zones, during peacekeeping operations or in times of natural disaster or civil strife. Australian groups may be part of, or operating under, the direction of the United Nations, other international organisations or Australian or international non-government organisations.