Description: Lanyard – Australian Army – 5th/7th Battalion (The Royal Australian Regiment).
Condition: Very Good
Comments: Lanyard – Australian Army – 5th/7th Battalion (The Royal Australian Regiment). Worn on polyester uniform and battledress by 5/7 RAR soldiers.
The 5th/7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (Mechanised) (5/7 RAR [MECH]) was a mechanised infantry battalion of the Australian Army. The battalion was based at Robertson Barracks in Palmerston, Northern Territory and formed part of the 1st Brigade. It was formed in 1973 by linking both the 5th and 7th Battalions of the Royal Australian Regiment together. In late 2006, as part of the expansion of the Australian Army, the unit was broken up into two separate battalions once again.
5/7 RAR was formed on 3 December 1973 at Holsworthy Barracks in Sydney by the amalgamation of the 5th and 7th Battalions of the Royal Australian Regiment to form a single light infantry battalion. This was the result of reductions in the size of the Australian Army following the of the Vietnam War. Throughout the battalion’s history 5/7 RAR formed part of the 1st Brigade.