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Defence Honours & Awards

Honours and Decorations

Unit Citation for Gallantry and
Meritorious Unit Citation

The Unit Citation for Gallantry is awarded to a unit for extraordinary gallantry in action.

The Meritorious Unit Citation is awarded to a unit for sustained outstanding service in warlike operations.

The awards were introduced in 1991.

Design

The insignia of a Unit Citation for Gallantry is a gilt rectangular frame surrounding a deep green ribbon. The frame has a design of flames emanating from the outer edges of the frame to the centre.

The insignia of a Meritorious Unit Citation is a rhodium-plated rectangular frame surrounding a ribbon of old-gold. The frame has a design of flames emanating from the outer edges of the frame to the centre.

Wearing

The actual citation is a warrant presented to the unit. Insignia are worn by individuals to denote their membership of a unit that has been awarded a citation. Personnel cannot be issued with the insignia until the authorised unit representative, normally the CO, has been formally invested with the citation.

Personnel who were members of the unit when an award was made wear a Federation Star in the centre of the ribbon and continue to wear the insignia after leaving the unit. Army and Air Force dress policy allows personnel who are subsequently posted to the unit to wear the insignia without the Federation Star, but only while actually posted to the unit.

Further Awards

Further awards are recognised by the presentation of a further Certificate of Citation to the unit signed by the Governor-General. Only one insignia of each citation may be worn by a member of the unit. Only one Federation Star device is worn, irrespective of the number of awards made to units to which a member may be posted.

Wearing

Members of uniformed services wear the insignia in accordance with the dress rules of their Service. In civilian dress serving and ex-serving personnel generally continue to wear these insignia in the same way as they are worn on uniform.

Source Documents

Commonwealth of Australia Gazette S297 of 4 November 1991 Determination [PDF] [Word]

Commonwealth of Australia Gazette S25 of 4 February 1991 (Letters Patent and Regulations) [PDF] [Word]

Honours and Awards Manual

Chapter 9 Defence Honours and Awards Manual

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