Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75

Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 (obverse)Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 (reverse)

The Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975 (AASM 45-75) was approved in 1997. It may be awarded for service in, or in connection with prescribed warlike operations from 3 September 1945 until 13 February 1975.


A clasp with the name of the theatre or action for which the award is made is issued with the medal.

A further award of the AASM 45-75 in another area is recognised by the issue of an additional clasp. Additional clasps are worn above previously awarded clasps, in order of date of receipt.

Clasps issued to date for the AASM 45-75 are:

The eligibility criteria and the Determination for each clasp are included on the table of clasps issued.


Returned from Active Service Badge (RASB)


The AASM 45-75 is a nickel-silver medal. The obverse has a Federation Star surrounded by the legend 'THE AUSTRALIAN ACTIVE SERVICE MEDAL 1945 - 1975'. The reverse has a wreath of mimosa surrounding a plaque showing the recipient's details.


The ribbon has a central thin red stripe flanked by stripes of yellow, pale blue, dark green and purple, these colours being representative of the ribbon colours of the Imperial awards previously issued for campaign service.

Source Document

CAG S18 dated 19 January 1998 (Letters Patent and Regulations)

Honours and Awards Manual

Chapter 18 AASM 1945-75

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