7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment
7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (7 RAR), was originally raised in 1965 as part of Australia's commitment to the Vietnam War, where the unit served tours in 1967 and 1971. In 1973, following Australia's withdrawal from the conflict, 7 RAR was reorganised and linked with 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (5 RAR), to form the 5th/7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (5/7 RAR).
During this period, 5/7 RAR deployed in the mechanised infantry role to Timor-Leste (East Timor) and Iraq. In late-December 2006 and into early January 2007, 5/7 RAR was delinked and 7 RAR was re-raised. In January 2009, 7 RAR achieved operational status, a year ahead of schedule.
7 RAR is currently part of 1st Brigade and is based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, on the outskirts of Adelaide, South Australia.
The 7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, motto is ‘Duty first’.