2nd Commando Regiment
2nd Commando Regiment (2 Cdo Regt) is one of three Special Operations Command combat units.
2nd Commando Regiment special forces conduct large-scale offensive operations, utilising the full extent of Australian Defence Force capabilities and weapons.
All 2nd Commando Regiment personnel are specially selected, however, its commandos undergo a rigorous selection and training cycle before they finally earn the right to wear the unit's famous sherwood-green beret.
Learn more about becoming a 2nd Commando Regiment commando and push yourself in the ultimate Army combat role, where you will apply your formidable mental and physical assets to demanding exercises and special operations.
The 2nd Commando Regiment was established on 19 June 2009 when it was raised from 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (4 RAR (Cdo)), becoming Australia's first regular commando capability. In 2019, the unit will celebrate its 10th birthday.
This development was conducted through a period of continuous operational tasking with collective deployments to Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste (East Timor), Iraq and Afghanistan. Throughout these operations, 2nd Commando Regiment served with distinction, most notably receiving the Unit Citation for Gallantry for its service as a part of the Special Operations Task Group in 2005–2006.
The 2 Cdo Regt regimental badge was created to reflect the history and traditions of Australian commandos and the offensive nature of the unit. The centre feature of the badge is a silver Australian Army stiletto fighting knife, which is similar to the Fairbairn–Sykes knife universally recognised as the symbol of a special forces unit. It is backed by the blackened double diamonds, representative of the felt colour patches worn on Australian commando uniforms of World War II. The unit motto is included in a gold scroll ‘Foras admonitio’, latin for 'Without warning', which highlights not only the challenges of modern warfare, but 2nd Commando Regiment's modus operandi.