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Australian Operational Service Medal
File:Operational Service Medal - Border Protection.jpg
Australian Operational Service Medal with Border Protection ribbon
Awarded by Australia
Type Campaign medal
Eligibility Military - Willingly and ably perform their work as part of an operation or within other specific hazardous environments and conditions.
Civil - Defence civilians, and other classes of civilian who are employed on ADF operations under the provisions of the Defence Force Discipline Act 1982.[1]
Awarded for Service on declared hazardous operations
Status Currently issued
Clasps "accumulated service device" for military awards[2][3]
Clasps for operations for civilian awards[2][4]
Statistics
Established 22 May 2012
First awarded 12 December 2012[5]
Precedence
Next (higher) Australian Service Medal
Next (lower) Rhodesia Medal

The Australian Operational Service Medal is a campaign medal established on 22 May 2012 to recognise service by Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel on designated hazardous operations. It may also be awarded to civilians who serve alongside the ADF on designated operations under specific conditions.

It replaces the Australian Active Service Medal and Australian Service Medal for future ADF operations. The medal is issued to military personnel with a different ribbon for each designated operation. When issued to civilians, a standard ribbon is issued with clasps issued for each designated operation.

Overview

The Australian Operational Service Medal is a campaign medal established by Royal Letters Patent on 22 May 2012.[6] The medal is intended to supersede future awards of the Australian Active Service Medal and Australian Service Medal for future Defence operations.[7] It will be awarded in an Australian Defence Force and civilian variant.[8]

Military version

The ADF version of the medal will be a standard medal design, but the ribbons will vary by operation.[3] An accumulated service device will be awarded for subsequent qualifying service by ADF members where they undertake further service on an operation for which they have already been awarded the Australian Operational Service Medal.[3] The ribbon for the OSM-BP has three equal stripes of dark blue, ochre and dark green which denote the seas and sky, the deserts and the forests and grasslands.

Civilian version

OSM Civilian ribbon

Civilians who serve alongside the ADF and are subject to the Defence Force Discipline Act 1982 may be awarded a civilian variant of the medal. The civilian version will use the same medal design as the ADF version, but will be awarded with a standard civilian ribbon and a clasp denoting the declared operation.[9] Subsequent qualifying service for civilians will be denoted by clasps.[9] The ribbon is green with central stripes of gold and purple. The purple represents Defence and the green and gold are Australia's national colours.

Variants for declared operations - Military version

Operational Service Medal - Border Protection (OSM-BP)

OSM-BP ribbon[10]

The variant for border protection operations was announced on 19 July 2012. This variant will be awarded to Australian Defence Force personnel who have served on border protection operations since 1997. The ribbon for the medal is 32 mm wide with a central stripe of ochre flanked by one blue stripe and one green stripe of equal width.[11]

The declared Operations are:

Operation From To Notes
CRANBERRY, CRANBERRY August 1, 1997 July 16, 2006 [11][12]
DIRK, DIRK September 1, 1997 October 31, 1997 [11]
STANHOPE, STANHOPE February 3, 1998 March 6, 1998 [11]
MISTRAL, MISTRAL August 1, 1998 June 30, 2006 [11]
TEEBONE, TEEBONE March 1, 2001 March 31, 2001 [11]
CELESTA, CELESTA August 1, 2001 July 31, 2006 [11][13]
SUTTON, SUTTON January 25, 2002 February 19, 2002 [11]
GEMSBOK, GEMSBOK August 29, 2003 October 3, 2003 [11]
RELEX, RELEX September 3, 2001 March 13, 2002 [11]
RELEX, RELEX II March 14, 2002 July 16, 2006 [11][14]
RESOLUTE, RESOLUTE July 17, 2006 ongoing [11][15]

Personnel who served on naval vessels, maritime patrol aircraft or Regional Force Surveillance Unit patrols whilst assigned to any of these operations may be eligible.[16]

Members of the Australian Defence Force must have served either an aggregate of 30 days either deployed or force assigned as a member of one of the declared operations, or were deployed or force assigned to a declared operation and completed 30 sorties from a unit assigned to the operation, so long as the sorties were conducted over a period of not less than 30 aggregate days with no more than one sortie counted per day.[11]

Members must also have been:[11]

  • Deployed at sea directly supporting a declared operation
  • Deployed on land or in the air, dedicated in support of a declared operation
  • Deployed forward to exclusively support a declared operation.

Clasps for declared operations - Civilian version

OSM Civilian ribbon

On 12 December 2012, the Governor-General declared, for the purposes of the Australian Operational Service Medal Regulation 2012, a number of declared operations, and determined the conditions for award of Clasps.[4]

General conditions for all Clasps include
  • awarded to a civilian who was employed for duty on the declared operation for a period of not less than an aggregate of 30 days;[4]
Specific conditions for each Clasp include
Theatre Operation Declared period Clasp name Notes
from to
East Timor TANAGER, TANAGER February 20, 2000 May 19, 2002 EAST TIMOR [4]
East Timor CITADEL May 20, 2002 May 19, 2004 EAST TIMOR [4]
East Timor SPIRE May 20, 2004 May 21, 2005 EAST TIMOR [4]
various SLIPPER, SLIPPER October 11, 2001 August 1, 2002 ICAT [4][17]
various SLIPPER October 11, 2001 July 30, 2009 ICAT [4][18]
various SLIPPER July 31, 2009 February 19, 2012 ICAT [4][19]
various SLIPPER February 20, 2012 ongoing ICAT [4][20]
various FALCONER, FALCONER March 18, 2003 July 22, 2003 IRAQ 2003 [4][21]
various CATALYST, CATALYST July 16, 2003 July 31, 2009 IRAQ 2003 [4][22]
Solomon Islands ANODE, ANODE July 24, 2003 ongoing SOLOMON IS II [4]
Timor-Leste ASTUTE, ASTUTE May 12, 2006 ongoing TIMOR-LESTE [4]

See also

References

  1. "Australian Operational Service Medal - Civilian". Defence Honours & Awards. Department of Defence. http://www.defence.gov.au/medals/Content/+040%20Campaign%20Medals/+010%20Since%201975/+005%20AOSM/+007%20Civilian/default.htm. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Signal issued by Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN (20 July 2012). "Operational Service Medal - Border Protection". www.navy.gov.au. http://www.navy.gov.au/press-release/operational-service-medal-border-protection. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Gazette No. S 67". 6 June 2012. p. 3. 
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 Her Excellency the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia (12 December 2012). "Declaration and Determination under the Australian Operational Service Medal Regulation 2012". http://www.gg.gov.au/sites/default/files/files/honours/regulations-updates/20130205165357826.PDF. 
  5. "ADF members on Border Protection operations honoured". Navy News. navy.gov.au. 12 December 2012. http://www.navy.gov.au/news/adf-members-border-protection-operations-honoured. 
  6. "Letters Patent and Australian Operational Service Medal Regulations 2012". Australian Government Gazette No. S 67. Canberra, Australia: Commonwealth of Australia. 6 June 2012. p. 1. http://gazettes.ag.gov.au/portal/govgazonline.nsf/2E34DBA1A1FC7F30CA257A1500162B93/$file/S%2067.pdf. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  7. "Australian Operational Service Medal (OSM)". Defence Honours and Awards, Defence Support Group. Canberra, Australia: Department of Defence. http://www.defence.gov.au/medals/Content/+030%20Current%20Issues%20and%20News/Operational%20Service%20Medal%20(OSM)/default.htm. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  8. "Gazette No. S 67". 6 June 2012. pp. 3–4. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Gazette No. S 67". 6 June 2012. p. 4. 
  10. Ribbon for ADF Operational Service Medal for Border Protection
  11. 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 11.11 11.12 11.13 Quentin Bryce (18 July 2012). "Declaration Under the Australian Operational Service Medal regulation 2012". Australian Department of Defence. Commonwealth of Australia. http://www.defence.gov.au/medals/Content/+030%20Current%20Issues%20and%20News/Operational%20Service%20Medal%20(OSM)/OSMdeclaration_18Jul12.pdf. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  12. Op Cranberry, www.defence.gov.au
  13. Op Celesta, www.defence.gov.au
  14. Op Relex II, www.defence.gov.au
  15. Op Resolute, www.defence.gov.au
  16. Snowdon, Warren (19 July 2012). "New Medal of Recognition for Defence". Minister for Defence Science and Personnel Media Release. Canberra, Australia: Department of Defence. http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/2012/07/19/minister-for-defence-science-and-personnel-new-medal-of-recognition-for-defence/. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  17. ICAT A) Operation SLIPPER - for the period 11 October 2001 to 1 August 2002:
    • within the Diego Garcia land mass and territorial waters,
    • plus airspace of Diego Garcia
      • out to 250 nautical miles radius (from Reference Point 07° 18.6' South Latitude, 72°24.6' East Longitude)
      • or declared Air Defence Identification Zone,
      • whichever is greater
  18. ICAT B1) Operation SLIPPER - for the period 11 October 2001 to 30 July 2009:
    within the area bounded by:
    48°00' North Latitude, 35°00' East Longitude 48°00' North Latitude, 81°00' East Longitude
    12°00' North Latitude, 35°00' East Longitude 12°00' North Latitude, 81°00' East Longitude
  19. ICAT B2) Operation SLIPPER - for the period 31 July 2009 to 19 February 2012:
    within the area bounded by:
    39°N, 32°E 39°N, 78°E
    05°S, 32°E 05°S, 78°E
  20. ICAT B3) Operation SLIPPER - for the period commenced 20 February 2012:
    within the area bounded by:
    39°N, 32°E 39°N, 78°E
    23°N, 68°E 23°N, 78°E
    17°N, 32°E 17°N, 38°E
    11°S, 38°E 11°S, 68°E
  21. IRAQ 2003 i) Operation FALCONER — for the period 18 March 2003 to 22 July 2003:
    in the specified areas comprising the following:
    38°N, 32°E 38°N, 68°E
    10°N, 32°E 10°N, 68°E
  22. IRAQ 2003 ii) Operation CATALYST — for the period 16 July 2003 to 31 July 2009:
    in the area comprising the total land areas, territorial waters, internal waterways and superjacent airspace boundaries of Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia north of 23 degrees North latitude, the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz

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