Membership is open to all serving and former members of Australian Special Forces.
The Committee will also consider applications for Affiliate & Social Membership from other persons who identify with the aims and objectives of the Association and fit the categories below.
MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES & FEES
Full membership to the Association is open to any person (male or female) upon payment of any entrance fee and/or annual subscription payable under these rules. Such members shall have the right to notice of and to attend, debate and vote at General meetings. These members must have been on the posted strength of either one or more of the following Australian Special Forces units.
(i). World War 2 - Independent Commando Company’s, Commando Cavalry Squadrons, Commando Cavalry Regiments, Special Operations Executive, Services Reconnaissance Department, M or Z Special Units, Far East Liaison Office (FELO), RAAF No 200 Flight and RAN Beach Commandos
(ii). 1st and 2 nd Commando Company’s 1955 – 1986.
(iii). 1st Commando Regiment 1986 – Present.
(iv). 4th Battalion Commando, The Royal Australian Regiment 1997 – 2009.
(v). Commando Training Wing, 4 RAR (Cdo) 1997 – 2001.
(vi). Head Quarters Special Operations Command
vii). 2nd Commando Regiment 2009 – Present.
(viii). Commando Training Wing, Special Forces Training Centre 2001 – Present.
(ix). Tactical Assault Group – (East) 2002 – Present.
(x). 126 Signals Squadron (Commando).
(xi). 301 Signals Squadron (Commando)
(xii). Special Forces Training Centre / Special Operations Training and Education Centre (SOTEC).
(xiii). Incident Response Regiment 2001 – 2012
(xiv). Special Operations Engineer Regiment 2012 – Present
(xv). Special Operations Logistics Squadron
(xvi). 1st Australian Special Air Service Regiment
(xvii). Parachute Training School 2012 – Present
And any other Australian Special Forces unit that is raised in future
E-Members must be a serving Member of the Australian Defence Forces and on the posted strength of either one or more of the Australian Special Forces units as shown in Cat 1. Such Members will be administered under the “Protected Identity protocols” and will be administered through the E-Member Secretary within the National Association upon payment of any entrance fee and/or annual subscription payable under these rules. HOWEVER, that person has no voting rights at any meeting of the Association.
“E”-Membership may consist of the following;
(i). A person who lives outside of Australia,
(ii). A person who lives in a State or Territory where an ACA state/territory
Association is not formed,
(iii). A person who is not able to support a State Association for
membership due to personal, geographical and or work commitments,
(iv). A person who is a current serving member of an Australian Special
Operations Command unit.
Affiliate Members are other persons otherwise ineligible under the above Categories 1 & 2 but deemed suitable for membership as approved by the Committee, are eligible for membership of the Association upon payment of any entrance fee and/or annual subscription payable under these rules. Such persons have no voting rights at any meeting of the Association.
Social Members must be the Partner or immediate Children of a previous or current Member of the Australian Commando Association as defined in Categories 1, 2 & 3 and deemed suitable for membership as approved by the Committee. Such person is eligible for membership of the Association upon payment of any entrance fee and/or annual subscription payable under these rules. Such persons have no voting rights at any meeting of the Association
Honorary Members - A person who is invited by the Committee of the Association and otherwise ineligible under Categories 1, 2 and/or 3 and deemed suitable may be approved by the Committee as an “Honorary member”. No fee or subscription is payable; and that person has no voting rights at any meeting of the Association. Every three years the Committee will review the Honorary membership of an individual, and if deemed necessary by the Committee, the Honorary membership of that individual maybe withdrawn.
Life Members are any person who has rendered distinguished or special service to the Association or its antecedent associations which has been formerly recognised as such by the passing of a Special Resolution at an Annual General Meeting may be invited by the Committee to become a Life Member of the Association. This member must have completed a minimum of 10 years dedicated service to the Australian Commando Association in either State sub branches and/or a combination of one or more State branches. Such members shall have the right to notice of and to attend, debate and vote at General meetings.