Dress Code for Formal Occasions

The public understanding and appreciation of the NSAA, and our 'esprit de corps', is underpinned by a dress code as described below.

Members are encouraged to wear the above attire at all marches and formal functions.

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Medal Protocol

The following is extracted from a letter from the Assistant Secretary, Awards and National Symbols, The Department of The Prime Minister and Cabinet -

....... Over a number of years some ex-service organisations have created and distributed 'Commemorative' medals to mark particular periods of military service. These medals have no official status. You should be aware that the government has created a number of official medals that commemorate certain events, for example, the 80th Anniversary Armistice remembrance Medal and the Australian Sports Medal.

Only those medals, decorations and honours, which have been created under the prerogative of the Crown have official status. Such medals should only be worn in accordance with The Order of Wearing Australian Honours and Awards on the left breast either on an official uniform or civilian dress. (Official medals worn by relatives of a deceased veteran should be worn on the right breast.)

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A human lottery


Lottery Barrel

National Service 1965 - 72

The 1st Nasho Ballot was in 1957, the 2nd Intake of 1957 onwards till end 1959 were ballot drawn, I know because I was one of them.         Douglas Black  

Registration for National Service began again on 1 January 1965, and the first National Service ballot for the 60s Nashos was held in March that year. All males whose twentieth birthday fell within a specific six month period were required to register. Only Aborigines, serving members of the permanent Military Forces and, prior to 1967, non-British migrants were exempt. During the turbulent period of the Vietnam War the fate of many young men was being decided by the luck of a lottery draw.

The actual lottery barrel, from which the marbles were drawn for the National Service ballots for the Indonesian Confrontation in Borneo and the war in Vietnam, was on loan from Tattersall's,


Webmaster    Hugh Williams

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