Three levels of CDF commendations will now be awarded. Photo
by Cpl Shannon Joyce, Army newspaper
Cpl Cameron Jamieson
COMMENDATIONS for service will now be based on an order of merit
following recent changes to service policy.
Under the revised directions of DI(G) Pers 31-2, awarding authorities
now determine what level of award is appropriate. Previous arrangements
meant commanders were often locked into a single level of award
they could allocate.
For example, under the old policy personnel serving in DPE could
only be nominated for a gold-level CDF commendation.
Now the awarding of bronze, silver, gold and CDF commendations will
reflect the merit level achieved by the recipient. The bronze-level
commendation will be awarded for high or noteworthy achievement,
silver for excellent achievement and gold for superior achievement.
The CDF Commendation will be awarded on the recommendation of service
chiefs or VCDF/CJOPS when they believe that a gold level badge does
not adequately recognise the merits of a particular case.
Each of the services will be able to award bronze, silver and gold
awards, with the badges inscribed with that service’s crest.
Selected commanders of joint organisations will be able to award
the same levels of awards inscribed with the ADF crest.
The CDF Commendation is the highest level of commendation available,
and the associated gold badge can be identified by the wreath that
surrounds the ADF crest.
There are no retrospective provisions in the revised policy.