This  site has been compiled by Bob Buick. He served over 20 years in the Australian Infantry Corps serving with the 2nd and 6th Battalions of the Royal Australian Regiment, The Infantry Centre, 16 RWAR and The Royal Military College.

 

Left to Right: Military Medal, Australian Active Service Medal with clasps Thai-Malay & Vietnam, Vietnam Medal, Australian Service Medal with clasp SE Asia, Defense Force Medal, National Medal. Australian Defence Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Gold Star, Vietnamese Campaign Medal, Malaysian PJM.

 AUSTRALIAN MEDALS        1939 TO 2000

 

 Australian Order of Precedence

 

 

 1939 - 45

     NAVY

                ARMY 

                      AIR FORCE

     


1950 - 65

      KOREA

               MALAYA

                       BORNEO

       

1962 - 75

       VIET NAM

                    SERVICE MEDALS                                  

           1975 - 2000

      RHODESIA 

          GULF WAR (special link)

                  EAST TIMOR

                          UNITED NATIONS CAMPAIGNS

  COMMONWEALTH  HONOURS AND AWARDS

  AUSTRALIAN MILITARY GALLANTRY  

AUSTRALIAN MILITARY DISTINGUISHED SERVICE WAR LIKE

AUSTRALIAN SERVICE AWARDS NON WAR LIKE

ORDER OF AUSTRALIA

ANNIVERSARY NATIONAL SERVICE MEDAL

OTHER MEDALS FOREIGN, NON OFFICIAL AND BOUGHT  IN A SHOP

                               

 

 

Hundreds of thousands of Australians have represented their country in the military forces, most be been involved in duties overseas. This site is in recognition of their service but will only concentrate of the period 1939 to 2001.

Those who did served in the nation's armed forces proudly display their service on the left breast when attending funeral services for mates, Anzac Day and special days dedicated to their conflict and operations.

This site will display the various Gallantry Decorations, Campaign Medals and those Awards and Medals in recognition service including, Long Service, Regular and Reserve forces. This will assist the observer in recognising an individual's period of service and what that service was.

The NAVY, ARMY and AIR FORCE had, under the Commonwealth system, its own Gallantry decorations,  until 1991. The cessation of the awarding of Commonwealth Awards  when Australia developed and implemented its own  Honours, Awards, Campaign and Service Medals. This site will look only at those protocols that involved the Australian Military Forces now call the Australian Defence Force (ADF),  regular and reservists. 

During the Korean War Australians were awarded foreign decorations. This was the first time immediate gallantry  foreign honours were accepted in the normal procedures.  This practice has continued to the present time and the comparisons are made  including a page detailing these awards. Generally there is four levels for gallantry in most countries.

Comparisons between Australian, British Commonwealth and United States of America

Outstanding service  by military personnel is recognised  according to criteria such as, war,  non war, military service, service  in the interest of the nation and defence. The links on the left are to such awards during the period 1939 - 2000.The  Commonwealth Awards covers war service only.