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(2014) Customs and Traditions of the Australian Army

(2014) Customs and Traditions of the Australian Army

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A brief description of the traditions and customs of the Arny of Australia.
A brief description of the traditions and customs of the Arny of Australia.

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Published by: Herbert Hillary Booker 2nd on Feb 07, 2013
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There are many additional badges worn by officers and soldiers,

representing both military skills and trades, along with other special purpose

badges. These badges are worn on general duty, ceremonial and mess dress

uniforms only.

Commendation Brooch

This represents a commander’s commendation which has been

presented to the member for outstanding performance in his/her duty. There

are three levels of Commendation; a gold brooch for a Chief of Army

Commendation, silver for a General Officer commanding a command

Commendation and bronze for Formation Commander Commendation. The

design of the brooch is the Rising Sun backed by two crossed Mameluke

swords on an oval background.

195

Military Skills, Trade and Other Badges

T

HE

A

U

S

TR

ALAN

A

R

MY

Commendation Brooch

Infantry Combat Badge

The badge is a 7.62mm SLR bayonet backed by a wreath of laurels.

The ICB is awarded mainly to infantrymen posted to a unit whilst on active

service but in exceptional circumstances it may be awarded to personnel from

othercorpspostedtoorservingwithabattalion.Theonlyexceptiontothiswas

in South Vietnam when all members of the Australian Army Training Team

(AATV), regardless of corps, were awarded the Badge.

Retired Members

Retired officers, with permission from the Chief of Army, are entitled

to wear the letter “R” below their rank on general duty, ceremonial and mess

dress uniforms. Warrant officers and other ranks who have, or are about to

take discharge may apply for permission to wear the shoulder title too.

196

Military Skills, Trade and Other Badges

Infantry Combat Badge

Retired Members

Artificer

The Artificer Badge, a crossed pincers and hammer, was originally

worn by artificers in the Artillery. It is now worn by qualified (other rank)

artificers within the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Skill at Arms

The badge, a pair of crossed Lee Enfield .303 rifles, is awarded to

soldierswhoachievethequalifyingstandardofshootingproficiencywithsmall

arms.

197

Military Skills, Trade and Other Badges

Artificer

Skill at Arms

Army Top 20 Badge

The badge is a pair of crossed Lee Enfield .303 rifles, backed by a

wreath of laurel. It is awarded to members who qualify in the final 20

competitors at the Champion Shot for the Army annual competition.

Sniper

ThebadgeisapairofcrossedLeeEnfield.303rifles,withtheletterS

(sniper) between the barrels. The badge is awarded to soldiers who qualify on

the Infantry Snipers Course.

198

Military Skills, Trade and Other Badges

Army Top 20 Badge

S

Sniper

Royal Cypher and Crown

Worn by officers holding an appointment to the Sovereign

(Aide-de-Camp General, Aide-de-Camp, Honorary Aide-de-Camp, Equerry,

Extra Equerry, Honorary Chaplain, Honorary Physician, Honorary Surgeon,

Honorary Dental Surgeon, and Honorary Nursing Sister).

Recruit Instructor

The letters RI (recruit instructor) above a scroll bearing the Unit title

1 RTB (1st Recruit Training Battalion), backed by a demi-wreath of laurel. The

badge is issued to all personnel who served in the Battalion as a instructor.

199

Military Skills, Trade and Other Badges

Royal Cypher and Crown

R

1

B

T

Recruit Instructor

Pilot

The Royal Crest, backed by a pair of wings.

Observer

The Crown; below, the letter O (observer) with a single wing.

200

Military Skills, Trade and Other Badges

Pilot

Observer

Loadmaster

The Crown; below, the letter L (loadmaster) within a laurel wreath,

and a single wing.

Technician

The Crown; below, the letter T (technician) within a laurel wreath,

and a single wing.

201

Military Skills, Trade and Other Badges

Loadmaster

Technician

Physical Training Instructor

ThelettersPTI(physicaltraininginstructor)withinawreath,backed

by a diamond.

Parachutist

A white parachute backed by a pair of drooping (pale blue) wings.

202

Military Skills, Trade and Other Badges

PTI

Physical Training Instructor

Parachutist

Parachutist (Special Air Service Regiment)

A parachute backed by a pair of spread wings.

Parachutist (3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment)

A(paleblue)parachutebackedbyapairofdroopingwings,allwitha

maroon background. The badge is that of the 1st Australian Parachute

Battalion of the 2nd AIF.

203

Military Skills, Trade and Other Badges

Parachutist
(Special Air Service Regiment)

Parachutist (3rd Battalion,
The Royal Australian Regiment)

Parachutist (Commando)

A parachute backed by a pair of (black) drooping wings on a green

background.

Parachute Jump Instructor

A parachute within a wreath with a single wing; the whole

surmounted by the Crown.

204

Military Skills, Trade and Other Badges

Parachutist (Commando)

Parachute Jump Instructor

Parachute Rigger

A wreath of laurel backed by a boomerang and a parachute.

Air Dispatch

Within a circle bearing the initials of the Royal Australian Corps of

Transportandapairofwings,thelettersAD(airdispatch),abovetheCrown.

205

Military Skills, Trade and Other Badges

R

R

G

G

Parachute Rigger

R

A

C

T

AD

Air Dispatch

Explosive Ordnance Disposal

An old style aerial bomb on a scarlet background.

206

Military Skills, Trade and Other Badges

Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Ammunition Technical Officer

A flaming bomb above a demi wreath of wattle.

207

Military Skills, Trade and Other Badges

Ammunition Technical Officer

Musician

Below the Crown a lyre backed by oak leaves.

208

Military Skills, Trade and Other Badges

Musician

Drummer

A rope tensioned side drum.

Piper

A set of bag pipes.

209

Military Skills, Trade and Other Badges

Drummer

Piper

Army Individual Readiness Notification Badge

A 5.56mm F88 Steyr rifle (the Army’s all-arms rifle) with a demi

wreath of wattle (the wreath signifying victory).

210

Military Skills, Trade and Other Badges

Army Individual Readiness Notification Badge

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