Commendation for Distinguished Service
The Commendation for Distinguished Service is awarded for the distinguished performance of duties in warlike operations to members of the Australian Defence Force.
It is the third level of the Distinguished Service Decorations.
The Distinguished Service Decorations recognise command and leadership in military action. They are awarded primarily to members of the Defence Forces.
The Distinguished Service Decorations were introduced in 1991 and replaced a number of Imperial decorations.
There are three levels of decoration:
How it is awarded
The Distinguished Service Decorations are awarded by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister for Defence.
Distinguished Service Decorations may be awarded posthumously.
Second and subsequent Commendations for Distinguished Service are made by warrant.
The Commendation for Distinguished Service are announced on Australia Day (January 26) and the Queen’s Birthday (June) each year.
The insignia of the Commendation for Distinguished Service is a central Federation Star on a nickel-silver row of flames that taper at each end.
The insignia is attached to an ochre-red ribbon.