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The Unit Citation for Gallantry is awarded to a unit for extraordinary gallantry in action.
The award was introduced in 1991.
The insignia of a Unit Citation for Gallantry is a gilt rectangular frame surrounding a deep green ribbon. The frame has a design of flames emanating from the outer edges of the frame to the centre.
The actual citation is a warrant presented to the unit. Insignia are worn by individuals to denote their membership of a unit that has been awarded a citation. Personnel cannot be issued with the insignia until the authorised unit representative, normally the CO, has been formally invested with the citation.
In the case of awards made in recognition of past conflicts, the insignia can be applied for, issued and worn following formal announcement of the Governor-General’s approval of the award in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette.
Personnel who were members of the unit when an award was made wear a Federation Star in the centre of the ribbon and continue to wear the insignia after leaving the unit.
Army and Air Force dress policy allows current serving personnel who are subsequently posted to the unit to wear the insignia without the Federation Star, but only while actually posted to the unit. Veterans of cited units, who were not serving with the unit at the time of the cited action, are not entitled to wear the insignia. For example, a member who served with 1RAR from 1972 to 1973 is not entitled to wear the Unit Citation For Gallantry insignia, as they were not serving with the unit at the time of the cited action (the Battles of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral).
Members of uniformed services wear the insignia in accordance with the dress rules of their Service. In civilian dress serving and ex-serving personnel generally continue to wear these insignia in the same way as they are worn on uniform.
Further awards are recognised by the presentation of a further Certificate of Citation to the unit signed by the Governor-General. Only one insignia of each citation may be worn by a member of the unit. Only one Federation Star device is worn, irrespective of the number of awards made to units to which a member may be posted.
The extraordinary gallantry displayed by members of the 1st Australian Task Force (Forward) and associated units deployed to Area of Operations SURFERS during the Battles of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral from 12 May 1968 to 6 June 1968 is being recognised by the Unit Citation for Gallantry.
Members of the below units who flew missions in direct support of the Battles, or who were forward deployed to the Fire Support Bases, are also entitled to wear the Citation insignia:
The report on the Inquiry into Unit Recognition for service at the Battles of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral can be viewed on the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal website.
The extraordinary gallantry in action displayed by members of RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam in South Vietnam from October 1967 to June 1971 is being recognised by the Unit Citation for Gallantry.
The report on the Inquiry into Unit Recognition for the RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam can be viewed on the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal website.
To nominate a unit, please see the nomination procedure in Chapter 9 Annex A of the Defence Honours and Awards Manual.
Members wishing to apply for Unit Citations should use the Application for Campaign and Service Awards.