• In the course of its history, the Australian Army, both its full-time and part-time components, have been known by several titles that have changed to reflect the force's structure or have been changed to convey a certain image to the public. These names are listed below.

    1901 - 1915: Commonwealth Military Forces

    Citizens Forces
    Permanent Forces
    AIF - Australian Imperial Force (from 1914)

    General Sir Edward Hutton, first Commander-in-Chief of the Commonwealth Military Forces, c. 1901. General Sir Edward Hutton, first Commander-in-Chief of the Commonwealth Military Forces, c. 1901. A03735

    1916 - 1929: AMF - Australian Military Forces

    PMF - Permanent Military Forces
    CMF - Citizen Military Forces
    AIF - Australian Imperial Force (until 1921)

    1930-1939: AMF - Australian Military Forces

    Militia (known unofficially as the Australian Militia Forces (AMF) or the CMF)
    PMF - Permanent Military Forces


    1939-1942: AMF- Australian Military Forces

    Militia (known unofficially as the AMP (often corrupted to Australian Militia Forces))
    AIF - Australian Imperial Force
    PMF - Permanent Military Forces

    1943-1946: AMF - Australian Military Forces

    CMF - Citizen Military Forces
    PMF - Permanent Military Forces
    AIF - Australian Imperial Force

    1946-1947/48: AMF - Australian Military Forces

    Interim Army
    CMF - Citizen Military Forces

    1947/48-1980: AMF - Australian Military Forces

    ARA - Australian Regular Army
    ACMF - Australian Citizen Military Force

    1980-1996: Australian Army

    ARA - Australian Regular Army
    GRES or A-RES - Army Reserve
    RRES - Ready Reserve (1991-1995)

    1996- : Australian Army

    Full-time Army
    Part-time Army

    AWM P03248.075
    Informal portrait of Major General Peter Cosgrove, Commander of the International Force for East Timor (Interfet), who was promoted to Lieutenant General and appointed Chief of Army in July 2000. In 2002 he was promoted to General and appointed Chief of the Defence Forces.
    AWM P03248.075