NSSF
An ongoing living memorial of our Service to the Nation
These scholarships will be awarded to selected individuals or groups for targeted medical, nursing and or allied health, further education, research or enhanced skills training.
NSSF
An ongoing living memorial of our Service to the Nation
These scholarships will be awarded to selected individuals or groups for targeted medical, nursing and or allied health, further education, research or enhanced skills training.
NSSF
An ongoing living memorial of our Service to the Nation
These scholarships will be awarded to selected individuals or groups for targeted medical, nursing and or allied health, further education, research or enhanced skills training.
NSSF
An ongoing living memorial of our Service to the Nation
These scholarships will be awarded to selected individuals or groups for targeted medical, nursing and or allied health, further education, research or enhanced skills training.

Anniversary of National Service and Australian Defence Medals

Medals are available to National Servicemen who served and meet specific eligibility criteria.

Application forms for the Anniversary of National Service and the Australian Defence medals may be obtained from your Local Federal Member of Parliament, the Returned and Services Leagues of Australia and the Directorate of Honours and Awards webpage found within the Department of Defence web site.

The Anniversary of National Service 1951-1972 Medal

 

The Anniversary of National Service 1951-1972 Medal (ANSM) was introduced in 2001 to recognised those who completed their obligation under the two National Service schemes that had operated in Australia between 1951 and 1972.

The Medal

The medal is bronze with front having a central device derived from the current Australian Defence Force Emblem reflecting, more historically, national service as it related to the defence force during the 1950s and 1960s, with the crossed swords of the Army taking precedence, being the arm predominantly affected by national service.  Surrounding the outer edge are the words 'ANNIVERSARY OF NATIONAL SERVICE' and at the central bottom edge, the years '1951-1972'.

The reverse side bears a central device of lines radiating from a nucleus, over-layered with the stars of the Southern Cross, representing national service being influential in the machinery of the defence force during a time of need and its broad impact in Australia.  Surrounding the central device is a cog, the traditional symbol representing the spirit of cooperation between the Australian Defence Force and the Australian community, thus recognising those who accepted the obligation to serve as part of national service.

The Ribbon

The ribbon has a central yellow stripe, flanked by two dark blue stripes, which are in turn flanked by white, green and light blue strips and ochre edges.  The central yellow and dark blue stripes represent Australia's national colours of the time; the white, green and light blue represent the Navy, Army and Air Force, and the outer ochre stripes represent the Australian soil.

Eligibility

Eligibility is dependent upon a persons obligation to serve and upon this obligation being fulfilled under the National Service Act 1951 (as amended), as it applied to the individual at the time of his service.  Additionally, he must not have been discharged for disciplinary reasons.  No women were conscripted under the National Service Act.

 

The Australian Defence Medal

The ADM was established to recognise Australian Defence Force Regular and Reserve personnel who have demonstrated their commitment and contribution to the nation by servicing for an initial enlistment period, or four years, whichever is the lesser.

The Medal

The ADM is a cupro-nickel medal.  The front shows a stylised version of the Commonwealth Coat of Arms used on the Australia Service Medal 1939-45 above a sprig of wattle and surrounded by the inscription 'THE AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE MEDAL'.

The reverse side has the inscription 'FOR SERVICE' below the Crown of St Edward all surrounded by a wattle wreath.  The use of the wreath acknowledges the sacrifice of those who have died in service or been discharged due to injury resulting from service, a secondary qualification for the medal.

The Ribbon

The ADM ribbon is red with black edges, the colours of Flanders Poppy that represent the Anzac spirit of the Australian Armed Forces.  The white stripes divide the ribbon into three, to denote the three Services and also represent service contributing to the peace of Australia.

Eligibility

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA EFFECTIVE 3 SEPTEMBER 1945

All Permanent Force and Reserve Force Members and National Servicemen who after 2 September 1945, efficiently completed either:

  • their initial enlistment period or four years of service(whichever is the lesser) and all of the relevant service was after 3 September 1945.

Included are former Defence Force Members who did not complete the qualifying period because they:

  • died in service,

  • were medically discharged with a compensatory injury or

  • Unable to complete their initial enlistment period due to Defence Policy workplace at the time.

 

Application for Medal

http://www.defence.gov.au/Medals/Content/Applications.asp

 

Issue of medals

All applications for Medals must be accompanied with copies of any proof you have that you was a member of Australia’s Defence Forces.

If you do not have any proof please follow the guidelines as set out below:

If you were in the Army you must apply requesting a copy of your service record to:

Soldier Career Management Agency,
P.O.Box 393D,
Melbourne, Vic.  3001

 

If you were in the Navy you must to apply requesting a copy of your service record:

DSP/SOR D-2-24,

Department of Defence,
(Navy Office)
P.O.Box E33,
Queen Victoria Terrace,
Canberra, ACT.  2600

 

If you were in the Airforce you must to apply requesting a copy of your service record:

Dispree,

Department of Defence,
(Airforce Office)
P.O.Box 33E,
Queen Victoria Terrace,
Canberra, ACT.        2600

 

If you were a National Serviceman from 1964 – 1972 and completed your National Service in the Citizen Military Forces you must:

Contact National Archives, Department of Labor and National Service, phone: 1300 886 881for a copy of your National Service Registration papers. Without a copy of these papers you will not be recognized as having done National Service as the Army did not control National Service the Department of Labor and National Service are the only department that has these records you can at the same time apply to Soldier Career Management Agency for a copy of your Service Record for future reference.

Having received these papers you must then have them photo copied and all application papers must be signed by a Justice of the Peace (or equivalent)

I hope that this information assists you in obtaining any Medals that you may have earned during your Defence Force Service.

In the case of National Servicemen you are requesting TWO medals:
 

The Anniversary of National Service Medal and The Australian Defence Medal 

By supporting the Foundation you will have the satisfaction of knowing you are contributing to the further education and skills development of those already committed to the enhanced learning and medical skills that will be of significant benefit to our society as a whole.