Accoutrements [ak-koo-tra-ments] ; Noun : plural [originally from the Old French ''accoustrer', meaning 'to equip', thence the Middle French (c. 1549) 'accoustrement'.] Inserted for trivia buffs.
Military equipment other than uniforms and weapons.
BADGES AND INSIGNIA
4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment 4 RAR (Cdo) was a battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment whose roll was commando. They wore the distinctive Commando Green beret with the badge of the Royal Australian Regiment and the Commando Green parachute wings. They operated however as a Special Forces unit under Special Forces operational command.
The badge of the Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) Click the badge for its history
The RAR hat badge is worn by all 4 RAR (Cdo) members. They do not wear the dagger badge of the 1st Commando Regiment which is predominantly an Army Reserve unit. 4 RAR (Cdo) remains an Infanry battalion within the RAR. It is only their roll that is classified as Commando, just as 3 RAR was 3 RAR (Airborne) and 5 RAR was 5 RAR (Mech). 4 RAR (Cdo) however, is under command of the Special Forces Command.
Worn on the right upper arm on combat uniform, used on official 4 RAR (Cdo) correspondence and building signage. 4 RAR Associations may use the symbol with respect. The Australian Flag is worn on the left upper arm. Neither insignia is worn on covert operations.
Worn on the right upper arm on by all Qualified Commandos in the same manner as SASR and Qualified Parachutist wings. Only those qualified as Commando may wear the commando wings.
Commando Green Beret
Members of 4 RAR (Cdo) qualified as Commando wear the Commando Green Beret. Those members of 4 RAR (Cdo) not qualified as Commando wear the Rifle Green beret of the Royal Australian Regiment.
4RAR Colour Patch (Worn on slouch hat)
All battalions wear a rifle green colour patch with the battalion's colour centrally placed, eg: 1 RAR-blue, 2 RAR-black. 4 RAR (Cdo) does not wear the slouch hat.
Unit Citation for Gallantry.
The citation for the Award of the Unit Citation for Gallantry (UCG) was awarded to 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (Commando) for acts of extreme gallantry in action in Afghanistan from 25 August to 2 September 2006, in support of the security and stabilisation operations in Afghanistan and the International Coalition Against Terrorism.
It was also awarded to Special Air Service Regiment for the same acts of extreme gallantry in action over the same period.
The emblem with a centralised Federation Star is proudly worn by all members on the posted strength of the Battalion at the time of the action for which it was awarded for perpetuity. Members subsequently posted into the Battalion may wear it without the federal star whilst posted to the Battalion.
The emblem is worn on the right breast but senior to the MUC if both are worn.
Meritorious Unit Citation.
The citation for the award of the Meritorious Unit Citation (MUC) was awarded to Special Operations Task Force Group (Task Force 637) in recognition for sustained and outstanding service in warlike operations in Afghanistan from 26 August to 2 September 2006, in support of the security and stabilisation operations in Afghanistan and of the International War Against Terrorism.
It was not awarded to a unit as such but to the Force Assigned, Task Force 637, a separate group formed and manned by personnel from many units of the Australian Defence Force. In this case, no single unit may lay claim to ownership, it will never be worn by personnel who were not part of Task Group 637 at the time and will never be worn without the Federation Star. Guardianship of the Streamer has been entrusted to Special Operations Headquarters and will only be flown on the Australian National Flag, the flag of the Australian Army.
Many members of 4 RAR (Cdo) who were part of Task Force 637 but who did not receive the Unit Citation for Gallantry (UCG) were awarded the MUC and may wear the emblem with pride for perpetuity.
The emblem is worn on the right breast
Infantry Combat Badge
The Infantry Combat Badge is awarded to Infantry soldiers as part of an Infantry battalion, for an aggregate of ninety days on operational service.
Their Service . . . . Our Heritage
We Will Remember Them
the motto of the Royal Australian Regiment
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