The Afghanistan Medal was introduced in 2004 to recognise Australian involvement in military operations in Afghanistan and other prescribed areas within Operation SLIPPER. The basic eligibility requirement is 30 days service or 30 sorties in the prescribed area after 11 October 2001.
The medal is nickel plated with the Australian Coat of Arms on the obverse. The reverse shows a portion of a snow-capped mountain range with a multi-rayed sun rising behind the mountains. The mountains represent the dominant terrain of the country and the rising sun represents a ‘new dawn’ for the nation. The word ‘Afghanistan’ appears around the central device on the flan in English and in the Arabic script.
The ribbon is khaki representing the dominant ground colour of the terrain, edged with light blue and white stripes representing the sky above the mountains and the snow on the mountain peaks with central stripes of purple and red representing the ADF and the conflict in Afghanistan.