The ultimate sacrifice of Australian Defence Force members Killed In Action is not reflected on their service medals to officially commemorate and conclusively record their full service.

Why does Australia not officially acknowledge 'ultimate sacrifice' on the member's service medals? Particularly when the current Australian military honours system recognises an array of awards, for gallantry, bravery, distinguished service, meritorious service and other service medals, clasps, commendations and citations ... for actions or deeds that benefit the nation.

The Plan

This campaign has secured pledges to support the cost of 102,804 clasps for all Australian soldiers Killed In Action.

All that is needed now is for the Australian Government to officially approve the wearing of a 'Wattle Sprig Clasp' with 'Killed in Action' (KIA) inscribed, on the medal most relevant to the member's service at the time of death. (Australian Active Service Medal (AASM), Australian Operational Service Medal (AOSM) or relevant Campaign Medal).


The original submission paper on this issue was initiated by Warrant Officer Class 1 Kerry Danes who gave a personal undertaking to ensure Australian soldiers are appropriately honoured. A number of other war-like and non war-like conditions relating to mental health, injury and death were also submitted, which are still worthy of further consideration.

25 April 2015 — Commemorating 100 Years of ANZAC