What we value in you
An Australian soldier has a will to win, a dedication to duty, a great sense of honour and compassion, belief in honesty and the benefits of mateship and teamwork and a wealth of physical and moral courage. You are accountable for your actions and decisions and are asked to bring honour to Australia, the Army, your mates and yourself.
The Army has a number of time honoured traditions which survive today as a reminder of our rich history. They're important in building the Army's esprit de corps, the spirit of comradeship and commitment to a cause.
The salute is one such tradition in the Army. It remains today as a greeting and a symbol of mutual respect, belief and trust. The minute's silence to acknowledge departed comrades, Red Poppy Day and The Ode of Remembrance all serve to represent the sacrifices made by officers and soldiers in years past.
Officers and soldiers that uphold the traditions and values of the Army have the opportunity to earn a range of medals, symbols of outstanding individual effort, or involvement in significant missions. Members who served for over 30 days in East Timor, when Australia led the movement to remove the occupying Indonesian power from the territory, received an International Force East Timor (INTERFET) medal. It features the dove of peace with an olive branch on one side, with the words TOGETHER AS ONE FOR PEACE IN EAST TIMOR.
Medals that reflect outstanding individual efforts include Australian Gallantry, Distinguished Service and Conspicuous Service Decorations. And of course there is Australia's most prestigious Gallantry Decoration, The Victoria Cross for Australia.