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DEFENCE members who perform
specific acts of bravery or provide
exceptional service will be recog-
nised under changes to the award-
ing of formal commendations for
The new integrated Defence
Commendation Scheme includes
a jointly awarded Secretary/CDF
Commendation, a Secretary's
Commendation and a separate
commendation to be awarded by
non-service groups and agencies
that mirrors the existing gold, sil-
ver and bronze commendations of
the armed services.
The scheme has been intro-
duced to formally recognise out-
standing and exceptional achieve-
ments or specific acts of bravery
for which the Australian system of
honours and awards is not deemed
an appropriate medium of recog-
Under the scheme, commenda-
tions may be awarded to individu-
als or collectively to a group, unit
or team. Individual commenda-
tions will comprise a commenda-
tion certificate and badge while
group, unit and team commenda-
tions will comprise a certificate
only; no badge will be issued.
The Secretary, CDF or three-
star/SES band 3 officers are the
only people authorised to award
Under the new scheme, the
Secretary and the CDF may award
commendations either separately
Recipients of a joint commen-
dation will be presented with a
joint commendation certificate
signed by the Secretary and the
CDF and a joint commendation
Continuing the present system,
gold, silver and bronze commen-
dations will be awarded for all
other individual commendations
within the groups and services.
The bronze level commenda-
tion will be awarded for high or
noteworthy achievement, silver
for excellent achievement and
gold for superior achievement.
Nominations are to be com-
pleted using Form AD112
-- Nomination for Defence
Commendation for Service, which
can be found on the Defence
Intranet Web Forms System. All
nominations are to be submitted
through the member's respective
chain of command to the appro-
priate awarding authority.
Nominations may be submit-
ted at any time.
The policy for the new scheme
is contained in Interim Policy
All unit and squadron com-
manders are encouraged to rec-
ognise those people who have
achieved outstanding results that
have enhanced Air Force/ADF
capability or have benefited the
unit or squadron.
For further advice about the new
system or the awards, contact your
FEG HQ Honours & Awards point
of contact (listed on the HQAC
intranet website), Executive Warrant
Officer chain, SOH&A at HQAC,
COORD2 at AFHQ or SOHD at the
Directorate of Honours & Awards,
or visit the intranet website:
SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT: The Air Force gold commendation
Photo: CPL Aaron Curran
DEFENCE Support Group has
provided clarification about
foreign decorations awarded
to ADF personnel deployed on
They are the NATO Medal
with Clasp ISAF (International Security
Assistance Force) and the Dutch Medal of Peace
In 2007, CDF accepted the offer for award of
the NATO Medal with Clasp ISAF to ADF mem-
bers who served in Afghanistan from June 1,
2003, in support of the ISAF.
Since then, there have been a number of issues
in the interpretation of the eligibility criteria, par-
ticularly regarding whether qualifying service is
over a single tour or multiple tours.
NATO has advised that the qualifying period
for the medal is 30 days of service that is con-
tinuous or accumulated within the Afghanistan
Area of Operations (AAO) within a single tour.
Aircrew will accumulate one day's service for
the first sortie flown on any day within the AAO.
Any additional sorties flown on the same day
will receive no further credit.
There have also been some issues regarding
the issue of the Dutch Medal of Peace Operations
that is being awarded by the Netherlands to
selected ADF personnel who served under Dutch
command in Afghanistan.
Under Australian policy, only one foreign
award may be accepted and worn for a single
operation. Consequently, as the NATO Medal
has been accepted as the official foreign award,
members who have received the Dutch medal
may not formally wear it with their other medals.
For more information, contact the Directorate of
Honours and Awards on 1800 111 321 (toll free).
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