Reform of the Baustralian Armed Forces

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The reform of the Baustralian Armed Forces is a draft by the Commander in Chief to reform the Baustralian Armed Forces. This commenced on 11 September 2018 and started with a command restructuring. Most will happen through King's Orders and Regulations (KR&Os), while acts are being passed through Parliament to dissolve and merge some branches.

2018 reformation

In 2018, some positions were changed and some dissolved and His Royal Army was renamed Baustralian Army. Later on, the strength of the Baustralian Army and His Royal Air Force dwindled, and so HRAF was dissolved by Act of Parliament and all members were placed in a new unit of the Baustralian Army, the Air Command. Wearing the same uniform as the HRAF, the AIRCOM was indistinguishably similar to its former entity.

Position changes
Commander Baustralian Armed Forces → Chief of the Defence Staff
Commander His Royal Navy → Chief of the Naval Staff and First Sea Lord
Commander His Royal Army → Chief of the General Staff
Commander His Royal Air Force → Chief of the Air Staff
Minister for National Defence → Dissolved

2019 reformations

First reformation

Command flag of an Adm./Gen./A.C.M.
Before 2019
After 2019

In 2019, reformations of the Baustralian Armed Forces were continued with the reinstating of His Royal Air Force, and also modified the command flags of Baustralian flag, general, and air officers. They were originally flags of their elemental colour, with gold (or pearl in HRAF) and red (or pink in HRAF) stripes denoting rank starting at OF-2 (Lieutenant - Captain - Flight lieutenant). These flags, however, were changed to white pennants with the Baustralian flag in the canton with distinguishing marks for ranks from OF-6 (Commodore - Brigadier general - Air commodore) to OF-9 (Admiral - General - Air chief marshal). Admirals of the Fleet fly a White Ensign in 2:3 ratio, and Field marshals and Marshals of H.R.A.F. of OF-10 flys a Baustralian flag in 2:3 ratio.

The branch flag of the Baustralian Army was also modified from a red ensign with a white cross to a red ensign with a crowned lion in front of crossed swords charged on the fly, and the corps flag of the Marines was changed from a White Ensign with the shield and crest of the Marines charged on the fly into a vertical tricolour flag with the emblem charged in the centre. The globe in the crest was changed from red and black to blue and green, and the swords were removed from the shield.

Second reformation

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On 11 June 2019, His Royal Air Force has dissolved once again due to a plummet in strength. This time, however, they were given the choice to muster with His Royal Flying Corps of the Baustralian Army or the Naval Air Arm of the HRN. His Royal Marines were also dissolved at the same time and mustered with the Amphibious Arm of the HRN.

Also, the appointment insignia of Chief Petty Officers and Chief Warrant Officers are as follows:

  • The Chief Petty Officers, 1st class, and Chief Warrant Officers (OR-9a) shall wear no appointment insignia below rank insignia.
  • The Senior Appointment Chief Petty Officers and Chief Warrant Officers (OR-9b) appointment insignia shall be changed from the 2018-style BAF emblem to 2019-style
  • The Command Chief Petty Officers and Chief Warrant Officers (OR-9c) appointment insignia shall be changed from crossed swords to a fouled anchor in the Navy, the badge of the Army is worn by army members, and shall be changed to an eagle flying in the HRAF and other aerial-based units such as the Naval Air Arm.
  • The Baustralian Armed Forces Chief Warrant Officer (OR-9d) appointment insignia shall no longer be the royal cypher, but rather in a similar manner to the Chief Petty Officers, 2nd Class and Master Warrant Officers, except the coat of arms shall replace the crown.

Third reformation

Before Nov. 2019
After Nov. 2019

The Baustralian Army also had a change in uniform, switching from a rifle green to a khaki uniform similar to the British Army. Females also no longer wear pockets, and His Royal Navy also underwent a major change in uniform, replacing the double-breasted jacket for ratings of Master Seaman or below with the traditional sailor's uniform.

As a whole unit, the senior appointment names have changed from a common name to a distinct name for their environment. They may be modified to better suit the position the member is in. Although the BAFCWO has been split up into three terms, the general term used is the Army version.

Senior appointment CPO1/CWO → Base chief petty officer — Base sergeant major — Wing sergeant major
Command CPO1/CWO → Fleet chief petty officer — Army sergeant major — Air sergeant major
Baustralian Armed Forces CWO → Baustralian chief petty officer — Baustralian sergeant major — Baustralian air sergeant major

Fourth reformation

His Royal Navy was the first focus of the fourth reformation of the Baustralian Armed Forces. The ranks of naval members were changed to a more historical version. The army and air force will have a similar reform but will be read over by the Chiefs of the General and Air Staff. Rank insignia was slightly modified removing the coloured crown for ranks below OR-9 (Warrant officer)

NATO equiv. Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Baustralia
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Baustralia HRN OR-9.svg No equivalent
Baustralia HRN OR-7.svg Baustralia HRN OR-6.svg No equivalent
Baustralia HRN OR-4.svg Baustralia HRN OR-3.svg Baustralia HRN OR-2.svg
Warrant officer Chief petty officer Petty officer Leading seaman Able bodied seaman Ordinary seaman
Baustralia
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Baustralia Army OR-9.svg No equivalent
Baustralia Army OR-7 (Canine).svg Baustralia Army OR-6.svg No equivalent
Baustralia Army OR-4.svg Baustralia Army OR-3.svg Baustralia Army OR-2.svg
Warrant officer Staff sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance corporal Private
Baustralia
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Baustralia HRAF OR-9.svg No equivalent
Baustralia HRAF OR-7.svg Baustralia HRAF OR-6.svg No equivalent
Baustralia HRAF OR-4.svg Baustralia HRAF OR-3.svg Baustralia HRAF OR-2.svg
Warrant officer Flight sergeant Sergeant Senior aircraftman/woman Leading aircraftman/woman Aircraftman/woman

2020 reformation

Following the system of the Royal Navy, the First Sea Lord on the advice of the Second Sea Lord dissolved the position of Naval Cadet, replacing it with the rank of Midshipman. In addition, the rank of Acting sub-lieutenant was dissolved by request of the Lord High Admiral.

NATO equiv. code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student officer
Baustralia (current)
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Baustralia HRN OF-10 (Collected).svg Baustralia HRN OF-9 (Collected).svg Baustralia HRN OF-8 (Collected).svg Baustralia HRN OF-7 (Collected).svg Baustralia HRN OF-6 (Collected).svg Baustralia HRN OF-5.svg Baustralia HRN OF-4.svg Baustralia HRN OF-3.svg Baustralia HRN OF-2.svg Baustralia HRN OF-1.svg Baustralia HRN OF(D).svg No equivalent
Admiral of the Fleet Admiral Vice admiral Rear admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant commander Lieutenant Sub-lieutenant Midshipman
Baustralia (pre-2020)
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Baustralia HRN OF-10 (Collected).svg Baustralia HRN OF-9 (Collected).svg Baustralia HRN OF-8 (Collected).svg Baustralia HRN OF-7 (Collected).svg Baustralia HRN OF-6 (Collected).svg Baustralia HRN OF-5.svg Baustralia HRN OF-4.svg Baustralia HRN OF-3.svg Baustralia HRN OF-2.svg Baustralia HRN OF-1B.svg Baustralia HRN OF-1.svg Baustralia HRN OF(D) - 2018-2019.svg No equivalent
Admiral of the Fleet Admiral Vice admiral Rear admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant commander Lieutenant Sub-lieutenant Acting sub-lieutenant Cadet

In addition, the Chief of the Defence Staff, on the advice of The King and Commander-in-Chief John I of Baustralia, mandated that all new appointments to Knighthood or Damehood in the Order of the Gadus must be followed by a commission, or enrollment in officer training as a Midshipman, HRN, or Cadet, Baustralian Army and HRAF.