The Australian Army One army, two armies?

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)

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

General Sir Edward Hutton

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