Australian Defence Medal Welcomed
- Thursday 30 March 2006
Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon. Sandy Macdonald has welcomed the approval
of the Australian Defence Medal.
Senator Macdonald said the Australian Defence Medal (ADM) has been established to recognise Australian Defence Force (ADF) Regular and Reserve personnel who have made a significant contribution to serving this nation.
"Current and former ADF personnel who have served for at least four years or who have completed their initial enlistment period since the end of World War II will be eligible for the medal," he said.
"This is a fitting recognition of those who have served to protect and secure Australia and have also assisted in the ADF's humanitarian efforts overseas.
"I would encourage any eligible personnel to submit their application for an ADM, which is expected to be issued by mid-2006."
The Australian Government has extended eligibility for the medal for personnel who have completed their initial enlistment period, or four years service, whichever is the lesser.
The criteria also recognises personnel who:
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