Royal Australian Engineers. Even though the
word corps does not appear in their name or on their badge the 'ginger
beers' are a Corps in their own right.
Corps badges came into use after the reorganisation of the army after WW2. This is when
Australia made it's first ever real attempt to have a standing army.
Corps (pronounced 'core') indicates a body of people with a single
purpose. Hence the Salvation Army have a Corps in most suburbs. In
military terms it indicates a group of people (or units) with a single
aim. Hence in Bougainville in WW2 the various infantry units and their
supports were called the 2nd Australian Corps (II Corps, pronounced two
More recently it indicates a group of
soldiers or a group of units that have a common military speciality;
hence Infantry Corps; Armoured Corps; Catering Corps etc. A Corps is NOT
a Regiment. For example the Royal Australian Regiment is the premier
Infantry Regiment. It is PART of the Infantry Corps.
So is the Special
Air Service Regiment (SAS or SASR).
wearing the heavy woollen winter uniform called Battle Dress soldiers
wore shoulder flashes naming the Corps or Regiment to which they
belonged. See photo
Corps badges are produced in either 'gold' (brass) or 'silver' they also
have a full colour version for printed matter and Unit signs in fixed
locations. Refer to the Royal Australian Engineers badge above or the
of Staff Cadets (RMC Duntroon)
Australian Armoured Corps
Regiment of Australian Artillery
Australian Corps of Signals
Australian Infantry Corps
Army Band Corps
Army Intelligence Corps see below
Australian Corps of Transport
Army Catering Corps
Australian Army Medical Corps
Army Psychology Corps
Australian Army Nursing Corps
Australian Army Dental Corps
Australian Army Ordnance Corps
Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Australian Corps of Military Police
Australian Pay Corps
Army Legal Corps
Australian Army Education Corps
Australian Army Chaplains Dept.
Australian Army Chaplains Dept. Jewish
Army Public Relations Service
Royal Australian Army Corps (disbanded)
consists of a Tudor Rose resting on a wreath of laurel, surmounted by
the Queen's Crown, over a scroll bearing the title 'Australian Intelligence
The symbolism enshrined in this badge is that the Tudor
Rose is for confidentiality and trustworthiness, the laurel wreath
is an ancient Roman symbol for victory and honour, the crown is for
allegiance to the Head of State.
current style of Corps badge was
introduced on 29 July 1949. After the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II,
the badge was modified in 1953, by replacing the Tudor (Kings) Crown (as
seen on the old badge), with the St Edward's Crown (Queens Crown).
regulations for the original Corps allowed for 'regimental badges'.
The badge shown is known to have been worn prior to WW1.
It is not
known whether this badge was officially approved, though as it featured
a Tudor Crown, it should have had Royal assent. The blue colour is
derived from the authorised facings for the Corps uniforms. Note
the motto, which is still used by the Corps today.