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Army March 15, 2012
I HAVE a concern with the NATO medal multiple
tour indicator approvals as dictated by Honours and
I am writing regarding the following eligibility point
stated on the defence.gov.au website.
Numeral multiple tour indicators have been intro-
duced for all members returning to the same NATO
operation or activity commencing after January 1, 2011.
There must also be a break of at least 180 days
between deployments before an indicator can be award-
ed. This, the site states, is a result of NATO having
amended the qualifying criteria for the NATO Medal
with Clasp "ISAF" to include the awarding of multiple
However, the NATO website clearly outlines that by
1999, increasing numbers of NATO personnel had spent
more than one tour on NATO operations and the general
regulations for the award of these medals were changed
to recognise multiple tours in the same operational area.
If the general regulations were changed in 1999 well
before the ISAF mission in Afghanistan, why is it that
Honours and Awards or NATO did not initiate the multi-
ple tour indicator from the beginning, therefore leaving
members of the ADF who have completed multiple
tours before January 1, 2011, with no recognition of
their additional service?
The Director General of Base and Customer Support Services,
Brig Pete Short, responds:
IN 2006, the ADF was invited by NATO to participate
in recognition by the award of the NATO Non-Article 5
medal for our involvement with NATO forces in ISAF.
NATO establishes eligibility for the award including
policy on recognising multiple tours. Eligibility is there-
fore established by NATO and not by Defence Honours
It would not be appropriate for Defence to seek
a change to the regulations set by NATO in relation
I'M WRITING in regard to the Queen's
Diamond Jubilee medal currently being
awarded to both the British and Canadian
forces. Getting straight to the point, are we
too being awarded this honour?
We all swear an oath to Her Majesty and
for many like me, proud monarchists, our
service to Her Majesty the Queen is hugely
important to us.
For the Canadians and British, as I
understand it, five full calendar years of ser-
vice qualifies them, meaning in our Army's
context, a soldier who has served his or her
ROSO and decided to stay on would also be
It seems a fitting award in that context
and one our Defence Force is deserving of,
as the Queen obviously remains our Head of
State and is, at the end of the day, who we
After all, we award soldiers an ADM for
just completing their ROSO. A Diamond
Jubilee Medal seems to me a fantastic hon-
our for our soldiers' service to Her Majesty
and serving in the Commonwealth for five
LCpl Eamon Hale
School of Armour
The Director General of Base and Customer
Support Services, Brig Pete Short, responds:
THE Government has considered and decid-
ed not to participate in the establishment
of a medal to commemorate the Diamond
Jubilee of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
This decision is in keeping with the
intent and tradition of not establishing com-
memorative medals within the Australian
No chance to recognise Quee '
Commemorative: The Queen's Diamond
Jubilee Medal, which was struck in recognition
of Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years on the
throne, will not be awarded to ADF personnel.
Eligibility: Multiple tour indicators for the NATO
medal are only awarded for recognised multiple
tours after January 1, 2011. Photo by Cpl Ricky Fuller
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