Australia: 3 June 1974 to present.
Strength: Unknown. Quoted by the ADF as "a few".
Area of Operations (AO): Syria (including the Golan Heights) Amman - Jordan, Beirut – Lebanon, Cairo & Ismalia – Arab Republic of Egypt (ARE), Gaza, Damascus, Tiberius – Israel, Naquoura, Nahariya, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Purpose: To supervise the cease-fire between Israel and Syria; to supervise the redeployment of Syrian and Israeli forces; and to establish a buffer zone, as provided in the Agreement on Disengagement between Israeli and Syrian Forces of May 1974.
The force initially deployed consisted of a headquarters, two Infantry Battalions, two logistic companies and a group of 90 military observers assigned to UNDOF from UNTSO. It was believed to be the first time that a UN force comprising armed troops and unarmed officer observers had been raised. They performed the following tasks: man observation positions in battalion areas; carry out the inspections of the Limited Forces Areas (LFAs) as provided for in the agreement; conduct investigations; carry out routine or special patrols; and serve in staff positions.
Comments: All Australian officers were unarmed and detached from the UNTSO mission.
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Veteran Entitlement Act (VEA) : Schedule 3; 3 Jun 1974 onward.
Service Type: Non-warlike.
Awards & Qualifying Periods:
- Australian Service Medal (ASM) (1945-1975) with Clasp 'MIDDLE EAST'
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette: S 102 dated 27 March 2001
- Australian Service Medal (1975-Present) with Clasp 'MIDDLE EAST'
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette: S 418 dated 4 November 2002
- UNTSO Medal. Force assigned - 6 months. Australians have not been eligible for the UNDOF Medal as they were seconded to this mission for less than 90 days.
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