Australian Defence Medal


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The Australian Defence Medal recognises Australian Defence Force personnel who have

  • enlisted for a indefinite period and rendered four years qualifying service; or
  • enlisted for a fixed period and completed the specified period of enlistment, or a period of four years, whichever is the lesser.

Qualifying service is counted by enlistment/appointment year – 12 months from your enlistment/appointment date – not calendar or financial year. Former members who did not complete the qualifying period may also be eligible if they:

  • died in service;
  • were medically discharged;
  • discharged from service due to a discriminatory Defence policy of the time; or
  • discharged from service as a consequence of mistreatment.