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History of the Badges of the Australian Army (1903 to 1966)

This section draws heavily on research by Alfred N Festberg as presented in his book Australian Army Insignia 1903-1966. He concentrated only on units in the 1966 Order of Battle.

Royal Australian Army Educational Corps

 Approved in 1948

 Approved with St Edward's Crown in 1955

 Approved in 1964 and based on the British badge

War Correspondent.  In the 1960s and before all Public Relations personnel wore the badge of the Educational corps. This is the cloth hat badge that they wore during WW2 (post 1943) & in Viet Nam.

  •  Now the Army has the Australian Army Public Relations Service

 Australian Army Catering Corps

 Approved in 1948

Approved with St Edward's Crown in 1955

 Royal Australian Army Pay Corps

Australian Army Legal Corps

 Approved 30 Oct 1962   Approved 12 February 1964

 Royal Australian Army Provost Corps

now called the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police

Initially the Provosts wore special shoulder badges and /or collar badges and the standard General Service badge (Rising Sun).

1918 version Aust Provost Corps shoulder title

Provost Staff operated 1911/1928 as part of PMF

 Approved 1949  Approved with St Edward's Crown in 1955

The Australian Services Canteen Organisation (ASCO)

Although approved by HM Queen Elizabeth II in 1961 this has never been used as a hat badge.

The Australian Army Psychology Corps

Approved in 1952 but never manufactured

Approved in 1953


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