Field Marshal (Australia) - Current Protocol

Current Protocol

Only the Governor-General of Australia, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Australia, can appoint officers to the rank of field marshal. The badge of rank is St. Edward's Crown mounted above a two crossed batons that are circled by a wreath of oak leaves.

After the Duke of Edinburgh, currently the most senior rank held in the Australian Army is lieutenant general, which is held by the Chief of Army. Other three-star positions available to Australian Army Officers are Vice Chief of the Defence Force (VCDF), Chief of Joint Operations (CJOPS), and Chief of Capability Development (CCDG).

The rank of general in the Australian Army is reserved for times when an army officer is appointed as Chief of the Defence Force (CDF). In recent years this rank has been held by General Peter Cosgrove, who retired in 2005, and incumbent CDF General David Hurley.

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