The Australian Operational Service Medal (AOSM) – CT/SR recognises the service of Australian Defence Force members on counter terrorism and special recovery activities from 1 November 2020.
The AOSM – CT/SR recognises the service of Australian Defence Force members on counter terrorism and special recovery activities as declared by the Chief of the Defence Force from 1 November 2020. Members must meet both of the following conditions:
- The member is assigned for duty to a position on a counter terrorism activity or special recovery activity that is a declared operation.
- The member is in support of the Tactical Assault Group or Special Recovery Force for 30 continuous days or for periods that total 30 days.
Members who do not meet the specified period due to death, injury or illness may still be eligible for the award.
The ribbon has black edges, symbolising counter terrorism operations, which then fade to grey, symbolising the urban nature of operations. The blue stripes, which flank the central white stripe, represent the broader contribution of the Special Operation command staff. The white symbolises the peaceful outcome as a final action.
The AOSM was established to provide recognition to Defence personnel involved in declared operations or other service that the Chief of the Defence Force deems to be worthy of recognition. For ADF members, the AOSM is awarded as a standard medal with a unique ribbon for each operation. Provision also exists for the award of an accumulated service device to denote those who undertake multiple tours on a particular operation.
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