Special Air Service Regiment

Inquiry into Recognition for Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) Counter Terrorist (CT) and Special Recovery (SR) Duties

  • Ex-serving members of the SASR have claimed that their CT and SR duties are hazardous and equate to being on operational service. They have argued for sometime that they should be awarded the Australian Service Medal with Clasp ‘SPECIAL OPS’ or given some other appropriate medallic recognition.
    The inquiry also considered the service of other ADF elements that, and personnel who, were seconded to the SASR or perform CT and SR duties.
  • In July 2010 the Government accepted the following recommendations:
    • Recommendation 1: Service in an online Tactical Assault Group (TAG) since its inception in 1980 (as well as service in the Interim TAG in 1979) should be recognised by the award of the Australian Service Medal with a new clasp, to be entitled Clasp ‘CT/SR’.
    • Recommendation 2: To be eligible for a medal, recipients should:
      • Have served in the online TAG for a minimum of 60 days continuous.
      • Have been a member of the TAG, which comprises a Special Operations Command and Control Element, signalers, intelligence staff and other specialists.
      • Have been a specialist member of the Australian Defence Force (eg Special Operations aviation personnel in support of the TAG), but only so long as they meet the requirement to serve continuously online for 60 days.

Media Release – Announcement of Inquiry
Terms of Reference
Media Release – Announcement of the acceptance of the Tribunal’s recommendations

by Ken McFadyen
Oil on canvas on hardboard, 1968

RAAF's first operation over North Korea
Robert Taylor
Oil on canvas, 1986