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Special & Qualification Badges of the ADF 2002
Individual Readiness Notification badges. 
  • These are worn on the right breast and indicate that the individual is currently ready and able to be deployed overseas on operations in his/her normal posting.
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RAN, Army & RAAF  Individual Readiness Notification badge

The Army Individual Readiness Notification badge. 4.114 AIRN requires members who satisfy all AIRN requirements to wear a badge as visual recognition of their achievement. A silver badge is to be worn by members who are deemed ‘ready’ by their unit commander but have not yet achieved five years of continuous readiness. A gold badge is to be worn by members who are assessed by their unit commander as having achieved five years of continuous readiness. Members who are ‘temporarily not ready’ due to reasons beyond their control may also be awarded the AIRN badge. Members granted a ‘critical skills’ or a ‘no-detriment’ waiver are not entitled to wear the badge. The badge is to be removed if an individual readiness report categorizes the member as not ready for reasons within his or her control or permanently not ready. The ANAO understands that, as 1997 is considered to be the first year of AIRN, members will be eligible to receive the gold AIRN badge in September 2001.

  • Royal Australian Navy Readiness Notification badges.
    • Silver star
    • Gold star
    • Silver anchor
    • Gold anchor 

RAAF Readiness Notification badge

Army Individual Readiness Notification badge on Displaced Pattern Combat Uniform (DPCU) cloth
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Soldier's Medallion for Exemplary Service  Chief of Defence Force Commendation
By RSM-Ceremonial, WO1 Peter Zajac 2003 (from a report in ARMY The Soldier's Newspaper)

The Soldier’s Medallion for Exemplary Service (above left) was introduced to recognise outstanding service by those soldiers who would not normally gain recognition in the Australian Honours System. Soldiers of the rank of corporal and below who have given exemplary service well above that expected of soldiers in the performance of their duties and have not been recognised by another award, are eligible for the award of the Soldier’s Medallion. 

The medallion is bronze, about 10cm in diameter. The face of the badge is based on the two central figures of the Australian Army National Memorial situated on Anzac Parade in Canberra with the wording Exemplary Service – Australian Army. The reverse is engraved with the recipient’s regimental particulars.

The medallion is contained in a presentation case and is accompanied by a bronze badge, which measures approximately 25 mm in diameter and a certificate. A miniature badge is currently being produced and will be issued to all eligible members who have received the award. The miniature badge is to be worn with mess dress and mess dress white jacket orders of dress. The Soldiers Medallion Badge is worn on uniforms as detailed in Army Standing Orders for Dress.

Navy Commendation  Air Force Commendation
  • Full set of the 5 Commendation Badges (in miniature)

ARA parachutist

SAS Regiment Parachutist

Commando parachutist

 3RAR parachutist Parachute Jump Instructor

 Para badges in blue

  • Para badges on desert cam.
    • Australian Regular Army (ARA)
    • Commando
    • SASR
  • SASR Para badge on Auscam

Army Parachute Display Team Parachute School Instructors flight suit badge Parachute School
Pilot on Auscam Loadmaster on desert cam
Pilot (metal) See below for details
5 badges associated with Aircrew in Army
  • Photos are of actual badges but may not be correct size. 

  • Where there is no photo they are unofficial drawings, not to scale and not actual size.  

    • These images are examples only. They should not be accepted as any official representation of the relevant badges. In some cases they may be "after market" civilian copies made for collectors.

  • If your interest is deeper than casual or you need detailed explanations you should consult the Department of Defence.


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