Australian Commandos have a rich and long history of service within the Australian Army. The first commando unit – 1st Independent Company – was raised in May/June 1941 at Tidal River, Victoria. During the Second World War they were used for 'irregular' warfare. This included observation and early warning, guerilla warfare or harassment operations.
Today, the role of a commando unit has changed. Now they are more likely to undertake counter-terrorism, long-range patrols or covert operations. They have served in East Timor, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Solomon Islands. Over 30 commandos have died whilst on active service.
The Australian Commando Association (Victoria) holds their service on the last Sunday of September each year.
Reviewed 12 November 2022