Ribbon bars (or more correctly, undress riband bars or undress ribbon bars), are only worn on uniform shirts and/or jackets while still serving, and on uniforms/jackets of some other uniformed civilian organisations and occupations. They are available in all combinations and comprised of all medal ribands and mounted in accordance with the order of precedence.
Under dress manual protocols, riband bars are worn to a maximum width of four (4) ribands, with awards in excess of four worn in separate rows – females wear three (3) wide. If you are not serving in the ADF, riband bars may be plastic-coated for durability (and to avoid water or beverage damage) at an additional charge (see edition, below).
ADF members are generally prohibited from wearing plastic coating by their relevant service standing orders of dress manual. The majority of our riband bars are fitted with two (2) secure clutch pins; if you would prefer a brooch mounting, please specify that in the instructions box during the checkout process.
Many riband bars need devices (rosettes or stars) added to signify extended service or to represent the individual medal correctly (the miniature cross rosette on the VC, the 1960- rosette on the Vietnamese Campaign Medal to name just two). You can select rosettes/stars in the accesssories options above.
1. Please specify the medals required to be represented on your riband bar/s in the spaces above.
2. Army and Air Force utilise a maximum width of four (4) ribands. Navy however have the option of either three (3) wide or four (4) wide. Female members of all services are a maximum three (3)ribands wide. Please advise the maximum riband width required.
3. Serving ADF members cannot wear plastic-coated riband bars as decreed by ASOD and dress manuals.
4. Dress manuals require 3mm spacing between rows, consequently we do not join rows together in any way.
If you require plastic coating (additional cost of $1.00 per medal riband) please specify those requests in the instructions box during the checkout process.