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Defence Honours & Awards

Australian Awards

Australian Operational Service Medal - Border Protection

The Australian Operational Service Medal – Border Protection recognises the range of border protection operations conducted since 1997. To qualify, ADF members must have been deployed or force assigned for duty as a member of a declared operation:

  • for a period of not less than an aggregate of 30 days; or
  • completed 30 sorties from a unit assigned to a declared operation, provided that those sorties were conducted over a period of not less than an aggregate of 30 days at a rate of one sortie per day.

Medal

The medal is a cupro-nickel medal finished in antique silver. The obverse bears an old-world stylised world globe signifying global operations, interlinked with a Federation Star. The globe is surrounded by the words ‘AUSTRALIAN OPERATIONAL SERVICE MEDAL’.

The reverse bears a central horizontal stylised scroll with the words ‘Defending Australia and its national interests’, overlaying a wreath of mimosa, above which sits an hour glass motif signifying the ongoing vigilance and timely response of Defence.

Ribbon

The ribbon has three equal stripes of dark blue, ochre and dark green which denote the seas and sky, the deserts and the forests and grasslands.

Badge

See Operational Service Badge (OSB)

Source Documents

Declaration and Determination of 18 July 2012 [PDF] [Word]

Application

Application for Defence Medals

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