Distinguished Service Medal (Australia)
The Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) is a military decoration awarded to personnel of the Australian Defence Force for distinguished leadership in warlike operations. The DSM was introduced in 1991 and is the second highest distinguished service decoration in the Australian Honours System. Recipients of the Distinguished Service Medal are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "DSM". Since its inception 152 awards have been made—which includes six Bars—with the most recent being announced in the 2017 Australia Day Honours.
|Distinguished Service Medal|
Obverse of medal and ribbon
|Awarded by Australia|
|Eligibility||Members of the Australian Defence Force|
|Awarded for||Distinguished leadership in warlike operations.|
|Established||15 January 1991|
|Last awarded||2017 Australia Day Honours|
|Order of Wear|
|Next (higher)||Bravery Medal|
|Next (lower)||Public Service Medal|
|Related||Distinguished Service Cross|
Commendation for Distinguished Service
The Government of Australia may grant an allowance to veterans or serving members of the Australian Defence Force who have been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, or other awards for gallantry. At November 2007, this allowance was A$2.10 per fortnight.
- "Veteran's Entitlements Act 1986 – Sect 102". Commonwealth Consolidated Acts. Australasian Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 17 November 2007.
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