From 1 March this year, all permanent Navy members leaving full time service for the first time, will receive a service medallion - gold for over 20 years, silver for over 10 years and bronze for between four and 10 years of service.
In 2005, the presentation of a clock was introduced to all personnel leaving the Permanent Navy if they had served 20 or more years. As this only recognised a small (albeit important) part of the Navy, this is now being phased out and replaced by the medallion.
Members of the Navy who have served less than four years will now be recognised with a certificate of appreciation from their Commanding Officer.
Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Barrett announced the initiative and awarded the first medallion to Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Bruce Dougan at Navy's 114th birthday celebrations at HMAS Harman, last week.
Chief Petty Officer Dougan has contributed nearly five decades of dedication to Navy engineering.
“I would like to acknowledge the service of the great majority of Navy people who dedicate large portions of their lives to the service of this nation and so I have had the Warrant Officer of the Navy come up with something to replace the farewell clocks with which we are all so familiar.
“I have great pleasure in awarding the first service medallion to Chief Petty Officer Bruce Dougan who is shortly to leave the Navy having completed over 48 years of service and is therefore more than eligible for his Gold Medallion!” he said.
Chief Petty Officer Dougan arrived at HMAS Cerberus in March 1967. He has since served in HMA Ships Vendetta, Melbourne, Supply, Tobruk, Brunei, Balikpapan, Protector, Darwin, Jervis Bay and Tobruk.
“I thank you for the skills you have handed on to hundreds of our sailors," he said.
Service medallions will be presented to personnel by local commands, prior to discharge.
The supply of service medallions are held by Fleet Honours and Awards which will issue them to commands as required.
The guidance for the preparation of Certificate of Appreciation will be available on the Fleet Honours and Awards website.
The discharge medallion or a letter from the Commanding Officer will be presented to personnel on the first occasion they depart from the permanent Navy and will be awarded as follows:
- Qualifying service of up to four years - a letter from their Commanding Officer
- Qualifying service of four to 10 years - a copper medallion
- Qualifying service of 10 to 20 years - a silver medallion
- Qualifying service of 20 years plus - a gold medallion