The purpose of the Army Combat Badge (ACB) is to recognise the unique service of a member operating with an arms corps unit within a warlike area of operations.
The purpose of the ACB is not to recognise combat duties but to recognise service with a combat element through formal force assignment.
To be eligible to be issued the ACB, a member must have:
(1) been force assigned to a combat team for a period of either a continuous or an aggregate of 90 days satisfactory service; or
(2) been physically deployed in the same geographical location as a Combat Team and have a primary role to directly support that Combat Team for a period of either a continuous or an aggregate of 90 days satisfactory service.
(1) been serving on warlike operations; and
(2) not been previously issued the Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) or ACB.
The ACB is to be worn by eligible personnel on the left breast above medals or medal ribbons and aircrew badges. The ACB is only awarded once to an individual.
If you believe you are eligible to receive the ACB, please fill out a Request to be Issued the Army Combat Badge Application (PDF, 130KB) form.
Please Note: Army Ceremonial is aware that some users may experience a technical difficulty in accessing the above application form. If you are using a desktop computer please save the below link to your desktop and reopen using Adobe Reader. If you are unable to conduct this activity or remain to experience issues, please email Army.Ceremonial@defence.gov.au requesting an electronic copy. Alternatively if you would like a hard copy please provide your postal address to the above email address.
All completed applications or enquiries can be sent electronically to Army.Ceremonial@defence.gov.au or mailed to:
Army Ceremonial Cell
PO Box 7980
CANBERRA BC ACT 2610
If you have any questions regarding the Army Combat Badge, please email Army.Ceremonial@defence.gov.au.
Please note: The Army Ceremonial Cell is not responsible for the administration of the Infantry Combat Badge (ICB). This is managed by the Head of Corps Royal Australian Infantry Corps.