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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans?
Who is included?
How was the roll compiled?
Where can I get a copy of my service records?
Can I make changes to my service details listed on the Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans?
What if an individual doesn't want to be listed on the Nominal Roll?

What is the Nominal Roll of Australian Veterans of the Vietnam War

The Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans is a database containing information on those who served in Australia’s armed forces during the period 23 May 1962 to 29 April 1975. The Nominal Roll’s original focus was to list those who served in Vietnam. This focus expanded to include RAAF personnel who served at Ubon, Thailand, between 25 June 1965 and 31 August 1968 who are eligible for the Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal.

The Roll provides a 'snapshot' of individual service by displaying a range of information on each person gathered from Service records and archival material from the period held by the Department of Defence or other institutions such as the National Archives of Australia or the Australian War Memorial.

The details displayed on the website are specific to the conflict in Vietnam only.

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Who is included

The Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans contains the service details of approximately 13 600 members of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), 41 720 members of the Australian Army, and 4 900 members of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

In response to changes in the criteria for the Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal (VLSM) in 2013, the Nominal Roll also includes RAAF personnel who served in Ubon, Thailand, between 25 June 1965 and 31 August 1968. Eligible personnel are encouraged to contact the Nominal Rolls team so that the list can be assembled.

Separately, the website includes particular groups of Australian civilians. In deciding which groups to include, consideration was given to those that were either included in the Veterans' Entitlement Act 1986 or eligible for campaign medals. Their details can be accessed from the Civilians page.

Members of philanthropic organisations, such as the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, provided various forms of support directly to the Navy, Army or Air Force and were, therefore, given Service numbers. They are included in the Nominal Roll and can be accessed from the Search page.

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How was the roll compiled

The Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans was first released in paperback in April 1996. This was followed by the publication of an updated version in 1997, which was also made available on computer disc. The internet version was launched in 2006.

The current version of the Nominal Roll was gathered from Service records and archival material held by the Department of Defence or other institutions such as the National Archives of Australia or the Australian War Memorial.

The Nominal Roll contains some information on veterans who died during the conflict.  Further information concerning these veterans can be obtained from the Office of Australian War Graves and the Australian War Memorial.

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Where can I get a copy of my service records

Navy records of those who served in Vietnam during the period 1962 – 1970 are held by the National Archives of Australia. Post-1970 records are held by the Department of Defence. An index of the 1962 – 1970 Service records can be viewed on the Archives website.

The Department of Defence holds the Service records for those who served in Vietnam in either the Australian Army or the Royal Australian Air Force.

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Can I make changes to my service details listed on the Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans

Every effort has been made to ensure that the Nominal Roll is as accurate as possible.
If you believe the information displayed on the website is incorrect please contact the Nominal Rolls team.

Any changes made to the website are updated monthly.

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What if an individual doesn't want to be listed on the Nominal Roll

Veterans can have some or all of their details excluded from the published Roll if they wish. A veteran, or a person acting on behalf of a veteran, can request exclusion of data at any time by writing to the DVA Nominal Rolls team. A person acting on behalf of a veteran would need to include documentary proof of bona fides, such as an enduring power of attorney.