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|Australian Operational Service Medal|
Australian Operational Service Medal with:
"Border Protection" ribbon (top) and
"Greater Middle East Operation" ribbon
|Awarded by Australia|
|Eligibility||Military - Willingly and ably perform their work as part of an operation or within other specific hazardous environments and conditions.
Civilian - Defence civilians, and other classes of civilian who are employed on ADF operations under the provisions of the Defence Force Discipline Act 1982.
|Awarded for||Service on declared hazardous operations|
|Clasps||"accumulated service device" for military awards
Clasps for operations for civilian awards
|Established||22 May 2012|
|First awarded||12 December 2012|
|Order of Wear|
|Next (higher)||Australian Service Medal|
|Next (lower)||Rhodesia Medal|
The Australian Operational Service Medal is a campaign medal established on 22 May 2012 to recognise service by Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel on designated hazardous operations. It may also be awarded to civilians who serve alongside the ADF on designated operations under specific conditions.
It replaces the Australian Active Service Medal and Australian Service Medal for future ADF operations. The medal is issued to military personnel with a different ribbon for each designated operation. When issued to civilians, a standard ribbon is issued with clasps issued for each designated operation.
The Australian Operational Service Medal is a campaign medal established by Royal Letters Patent on 22 May 2012. The medal is intended to supersede future awards of the Australian Active Service Medal and Australian Service Medal for future Defence operations. It will be (is) awarded in an Australian Defence Force and civilian variant.
The ADF version of the medal will be (has) a standard medal design, but the ribbons (will) vary by operation. An accumulated service device will be awarded for subsequent qualifying service by ADF members where they undertake further service on an operation for which they have already been awarded the Australian Operational Service Medal.
To date, two ribbons for ADF service have been announced:
|The Border Protection ribbon has three equal stripes of dark blue, ochre and dark green which denote the seas and sky, the deserts, and the forests and grasslands.|
|The Greater Middle East Operation ribbon has three equal stripes of mid green, black and light blue, edged by two slim stripes of light sand. Sand represents the desert sands, green represents Australia and hope, black represents anti-piracy, and blue represents the maritime and air aspects.|
Civilians who serve alongside the ADF and are subject to the Defence Force Discipline Act 1982 may be awarded a civilian variant of the medal. The civilian version will use (uses) the same medal design as the ADF version, but will be (is) awarded with a standard civilian ribbon and a clasp denoting the declared operation. Subsequent qualifying service for civilians will be (is) denoted by clasps.
|The Civilian ribbon is green with central stripes of gold and purple. The purple represents Defence, and the green and gold are Australia's national colours.|
Clasps announced (and awarded) to date are listed below.
The variant for border protection operations was announced on 19 July 2012. This variant will be (is) awarded to Australian Defence Force personnel who have served on border protection operations since 1997. The ribbon for the medal is 32 mm wide with a central stripe of ochre flanked by one blue stripe and one green stripe of equal width.
The declared Operations are:
|CRANBERRY, CRANBERRY||1 August 1997||16 July 2006|||
|DIRK, DIRK||1 September 1997||31 October 1997|||
|STANHOPE, STANHOPE||3 February 1998||6 March 1998|||
|MISTRAL, MISTRAL||1 August 1998||30 June 2006|||
|TEEBONE, TEEBONE||1 March 2001||31 March 2001|||
|CELESTA, CELESTA||1 August 2001||31 July 2006|||
|SUTTON, SUTTON||25 January 2002||19 February 2002|||
|GEMSBOK, GEMSBOK||29 August 2003||3 October 2003|||
|RELEX, RELEX||3 September 2001||13 March 2002|||
|RELEX, RELEX II||14 March 2002||16 July 2006|||
|RESOLUTE, RESOLUTE||17 July 2006||ongoing|||
Personnel who served on naval vessels, maritime patrol aircraft or Regional Force Surveillance Unit patrols whilst assigned to any of these operations may be eligible.
Members of the Australian Defence Force must have served either an aggregate of 30 days either deployed or force assigned as a member of one of the declared operations, or were deployed or force assigned to a declared operation and completed 30 sorties from a unit assigned to the operation, so long as the sorties were conducted over a period of not less than 30 aggregate days with no more than one sortie counted per day.
Members must also have been:
There eligibility requirements for this medal are;
The declared Operations are:
|MANITOU, MANITOU||1 July 2014||ongoing|||
|ACCORDION, ACCORDION||1 July 2014||ongoing|||
On 12 December 2012, the Governor-General declared, for the purposes of the Australian Operational Service Medal Regulation 2012, a number of declared operations, and determined the conditions for award of Clasps.
|Theatre||Operation||Declared period||Clasp name||Notes|
|East Timor||TANAGER, TANAGER||20 February 2000||19 May 2002||EAST TIMOR|||
|East Timor||CITADEL||20 May 2002||19 May 2004||EAST TIMOR|||
|East Timor||SPIRE||20 May 2004||21 May 2005||EAST TIMOR|||
|various||SLIPPER, SLIPPER||11 October 2001||1 August 2002||ICAT|||
|various||SLIPPER||11 October 2001||30 July 2009||ICAT|||
|various||SLIPPER||31 July 2009||19 February 2012||ICAT|||
|various||SLIPPER||20 February 2012||30 June 2014||ICAT|||
|Afghanistan||SLIPPER||1 July 2014||ICAT|||
|various||FALCONER, FALCONER||18 March 2003||22 July 2003||IRAQ 2003|||
|various||CATALYST, CATALYST||16 July 2003||31 July 2009||IRAQ 2003|||
|Solomon Islands||ANODE, ANODE||24 July 2003||1 August 2013||SOLOMON IS II|||
|Timor-Leste||ASTUTE, ASTUTE||12 May 2006||25 May 2013||TIMOR-LESTE|||
|various||MANITOU||1 July 2014||ongoing||G.M.E. OPS|||
|various||ACCORDION||1 July 2014||ongoing||G.M.E. OPS|||
|48°00' North Latitude, 35°00' East Longitude||48°00' North Latitude, 81°00' East Longitude|
|12°00' North Latitude, 35°00' East Longitude||12°00' North Latitude, 81°00' East Longitude|
|39°N, 32°E||39°N, 78°E|
|05°S, 32°E||05°S, 78°E|
|39°N, 32°E||39°N, 78°E|
|23°N, 68°E||23°N, 78°E|
|17°N, 32°E||17°N, 38°E|
|11°S, 38°E||11°S, 68°E|
|38°N, 32°E||38°N, 68°E|
|10°N, 32°E||10°N, 68°E|