Monday, 6 April 2009

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence - Media Release PARLSEC14/09

The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support, the Hon Dr Mike Kelly AM MP, today announced that Her Majesty The Queen had given her in-principle approval to the award of the Australian General Service Medal for Korea (AGSM).

“The AGSM will be issued to those former Defence Force personnel who completed 30 days in South Korea during the post-Armistice period from 28 July 1953 to 19 April 1956”, Dr Kelly said.

“The 30-day eligibility criterion for the AGSM is consistent with the recommendations of the Post-Armistice Korean Service Review Report, which was released in December 2005.”

“Although the AGSM has now received in-principle approval, it still needs to be formally established through the development of Letters Patent and Regulations which again require approval by Her Majesty The Queen. This, together with the process of finalising medal design and the manufacturing aspect can take some time, but Defence has made implementation of this new medal a priority so that it should begin being issued in early 2010”.

Applications are now being accepted from former Defence Force personnel who served in South Korea during the above mentioned period. However, those persons who have already made application for the Returned from Active Service Badge which was announced on 21 November 2008, need not reapply. Applications should be made to the following address:

Directorate of Honours and Awards
Department of Defence

If an applicant changes their address before they receive the AGSM, they should advise the Directorate of Honours and Awards of their new address as soon as possible to ensure they receive it.

Media contacts:

Mark Sjolander (Dr Mike Kelly): 02 6277 4840 or 0407 102 220
Defence Media Liaison: 02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664