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Australian Operational Service Medal

The Australian Operational Service Medal (AOSM) was instituted on 22 May 12. The medal was established to provide recognition to Defence personnel involved in declared operations or other service that the Chief of the Defence Force deems to be worthy of recognition.

The AOSM succeeds the Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) and the Australian Service Medal (ASM). Operations recognised by these medals will continue to be recognised by the AASM or the ASM, for example Operation SLIPPER.

New Eligibility Criteria

In order to ensure the medal remains appropriate and fit for purpose in recognising Defence personnel involved in contemporary operations, the eligibility criteria are regularly reviewed by the Directorate of Honours and Awards. This is to reflect operation start and end dates, changes to operation areas, and other amendments as required. This has occurred three times since the introduction of the medal.

The latest review, in early 2019, resulted in amendments to the eligibility criteria of the AOSM - Greater Middle East Operation and the AOSM - Border Protection. These were endorsed and gazetted by the former Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) on 23 May 2019.

Australian Defence Force

For ADF members, the AOSM will be awarded as the standard medal with a unique ribbon for each operation. Provision also exists for the award of an accumulated service device to denote those who undertake multiple tours on a particular operation.

Image of AOSM Border ProtectionGo to AOSM Border Protection page

Image of AOSM Greater Middle East OperationGo to AOSM Greater Middle East Operation page

Civilians

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 AOSM 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 AOSM.

Iamge of AOSM CivilianGo to AOSM Civilian page

Source Documents

Regulations (Gazette S67) of 6 June 2012 [PDF] [Word]

Regulations Amendment of 30 April 2015 [PDF]

Badge

See Operational Service Badge (OSB)

Australian Operational Service Medal - Obverse - Click to open high resolution version in new window

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