New amendments and or changes to Australian awards since the release of the book
(From January 2014)
NEW CLASP APPROVED FOR THE GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL 1918-62 page 233-235
General Service Medal 1918-62 clasp Berlin Airlift
The General Service Medal 1918-62 with clasp ‘BERLIN AIRLIFT’ will be awarded for at least one day’s service to all aircrew, RAF and civilians who took part in the Berlin Airlift operation from 25 June 1948 to 6 October 1949 inclusive. Applications for the new clasp will be accepted from 1 March 2015. Applications will be dealt with in date order.
NEW CLASP APPROVED FOR THE GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL 1962- page 270-71
General Service Medal 1962 Cyprus 1963-64
Those servicemen who served in Cyprus during the period 21 December 1963 to 26 March 1964 will be awarded the General Service Medal (1962) with clasp “CYPRUS 1963-64”. Applications for the new clasp will be accepted from 1 March 2015. Applications will be dealt with in date order. This is a defence service medal and is not relevant for members of other services (i.e. Australian Federal Police)as they are already recognised through the issue of pertinent awards.
HUMANITARIAN OVERSEAS SERVICE MEDAL page 301
A new clasp for the HOSM has been instituted for UKRAINE. This was a small issue for Australian Federal Police, Defence and DFAT along with forensic and other specialists who saw service during the immediate aftermath of the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in the Ukraine in 2014. Only 109 clasps have been issued.
AUSTRALIAN OPERATIONAL SERVICE MEDAL page 295-296
On 13 April 2015, a new operation was approved and the new instrument signed by the Governor-General. The new award retains the same medal design but is identified for ADF members by a unique ribbon. The civilian version retains the same design medal and ribbon but is issued with a related clasp G.M.E. OPS. Qualification is determined as 30 days service, continuous or aggregated, on either of the listed operations; and the member (ADF or civilian) is force assigned for operational duties. Service qualified in Operations MANITOU, ACCORDION and OKRA from 1 July 2014, and service on Operation HIGHROAD from 1 January 2015. for full details on this award and relevant application forms use the link below.
POLICE OVERSEAS SERVICE MEDAL (POSM) page 299-300
As explained in the book, new clasps are being drafted for governmental approval to recognise police service overseas in what is called capacity building. Capacity building relates to Police support of local forces and training, teaching and building of their organisations. In addition they are not mission related and are not in support of the United Nations. In these new clasps, areas such as SOUTH SUDAN, TONGA, TERRITORY OF PAPUA NEW GUNEA and AFGHANISTAN have been addressed. As the time served in these areas is different to the mission clasps, the time required looks like being 90 days. This is true for the AFGHANISTAN clasp approved for issue (11 Dec 2013).
KNIGHTS AND DAMES ORDER OF AUSTRALIA (AK and AD) page 54
Interestingly, Prime Minister Tony Abbott instigated the revival of this award on 19 March 2014. The reintroduction has caused much debate in the community, but in essence the revival means more for Australia than anticipated. The status for members inducted to the level of Knight or Dame can now represent Australia on the international stage as an equal and in accordance with other countries award framework.
Does it mean we are going to allow other levels of awards within the previously used imperial system? This remains to be seen. Although there has been a good deal of speculation as to permitting the old or traditional awards for bravery, gallantry and valour, nothing has been put in writing. It does seem unusual to return to the old, but as the imperial framework for recognition is far more accepted and recognised by both the military and civilian persons, it does seem an economical as well as practical solution to expand our existing awards.
NATIONAL POLICE SERVICE MEDAL (NPSM) page 304
The amendment to the original determination for this award has been a long time brewing. Originally it was for any sworn police officer after 15 years of service, BUT the member had to be serving on or after 30 Oct 2008. At this approved period of service, members are checked for efficient and diligent careers, much like the Meritorious Service Medal, and only awarded if their record is found clean. Many older but post 1975 police officers who retired prior to 2008 were missed out and so pressure on the government has addressed the issue and changed the date serving on or after, to 14 Feb 1975. This has opened up qualification to more than 20 000 sworn Australian police members. The official application form is available online at the first link below. Applications, once completed and signed, should be forwarded to the last jurisdiction (state or territory) in which you served. That jurisdiction will then process your award.
It is worth noting, the huge backlog of awards from current serving and former members is massive. This has created a backlog with Government House to which they are able to process around 5000 per year.