UNITED NATIONS COMMAND MILITARY ARMISTICE COMMISSION (UNCMAC)
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Australian Deployment Dates: 28 July 1953 to ongoing.

Strength: Originally 6 – with one ADF Senior officer & one ADF Senior NCO (Equivalent (E)), continually serving. Estimated Total: 68.

Area of Operations (AO): Korea

Purpose: UNCMAC was established in July 1953 at the end of the Korean War to supervise the Korean Armistice Agreement, and which has been operating ever since. UNCMAC’s observation role is limited to the monitoring of the armistice, the investigation of serious incidents and participation in relevant negotiations. UNCMAC does not permanently deploy observers along the ceasefire line.

Australia: Since 1956 the Australian Liaison Officer (ALO) within the Commonwealth Liaison Mission to UNCMAC carried out Australia’s UNCMAC responsibilities. The ALO was a Major (E) rank with an assistant of Corporal (E). Postings to the ALO varied from 18 months to 2 years. In 1967 the ALO team was reallocated as the Defence Attaché (DA) to the Australian Embassy in Seoul. In turn, the position ranks also raised one step to LTCOL (E) and SGT (E). Since then, Australia’s UNCMAC responsibilities have been that of the DA at the Australian Embassy in Seoul.

Veteran Entitlement Act (VEA): Schedule 3; 28 July 1953 onward.

Service Type: Non-warlike.

Gazette: S102 of 27 Mar 01 (Pre 1975), and S102 of 27 Mar 01 (Post 1975).

Awards & Qualifying Periods:

ASM 1945 - 1975 ASM 1975 to Present
ASM 45 - 75 ASM 75 +