Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps

The Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps (RAANC) is a Corps of the Australian Army. It was formed in February 1951 from the Royal Australian Army Nursing Service. A Corps Badge was introduced in 1951 with the motto Pro Humanitate (for Humanity). It embraces the values of compassion and service to others, reflecting the care and dedication provided to the wounded and sick. Approval for the Corps flag was granted on 7 February 1958.

Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps
Badge of the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps
Active1 July 1903 – present
BranchAustralian Army
Motto(s)Pro Humanitate (For Humanity)
Colonel-in-ChiefQueen Elizabeth II



The history of RAANC can be traced back to the formation of the Australian Army Nursing Service on 13 August 1898. At the time it was made up of one Lady Superintendent and 24 nurses. The service saw its first action in the Boer war, when the New South Wales and Victorian governments arranged for a detachment of nurses to deploy with their troops to Africa. Groups and individual nurses from Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland also served in the Anglo-Boer War. Due to the performance of the nurses in that conflict, an order was given in 1902 for the formation of the Australian Army Nursing Service under the control of the Federal Government. It is this order's promulgation, 1 July 1903, which is celebrated as RAANC Corps day.[1]

First World War

2,139 AANS female nurses served overseas in the World War I with 423 serving in Australia, together with 130 Australians who worked with Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service. 25 died on active service and 388 were decorated.[2]

Second World War

In World War II, 3,477 women joined the AANS with 71 members losing their lives (23 in battle and 18 as a result of accident or illness).[3] 38 became Prisoner of War.[2] 137 decorations were awarded including two George Medals. In 1945, Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, became the Honorary Colonel and in 1948 the service was renamed as the Royal Australian Army Nursing Service.


Order of precedence

Preceded by
Australian Army Band Corps
Australian Army Order of Precedence Succeeded by

See also


  1. "Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps (RAANC) History" (PDF). Australian Department of Defence. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  3. Melbourne, National Foundation for Australian Women and The University of. "Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps (RAANC) - Organisation - The Australian Women's Register". Retrieved 27 December 2017.

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