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10.2.2 Distinction

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10.2.2.1Enlistment before 17 August 1977.  A person who enlisted and served as a full-time member of the Defence Force before 17 August 1977, is a regular serviceman if he/she was serving on or after 7 December 1972 and has completed 3 years' effective full-time service.

10.2.2.2Enlistment on or after 17 August 1977.  A person who enlisted and served as a full-time member of the Defence Force on or after 17 August 1977, is a regular serviceman if he/she has completed a period of 6 years' effective full-time service provided that, at the expiration of that period, he/she continued to render full-time service as such a member.  However, if the member continued to serve because of a delay in discharging him/her or otherwise terminating that service, including a delay for the purpose of treatment or observation of an illness or injury, then the provisions of the legislation have not been met and he/she is not a regular serviceman as defined.