A member of the Defence Force is taken to have been rendering operational service during any period of continuous full-time service for which the following conditions are met:
(a) the period started on or after 1 January 1978 and ended on or before the end of 31 December 1992;
(b) the service was on submarine special operations;
(c) the member:
(i) has been awarded the Australian Service Medal with Clasp "SPECIAL OPS" for the service; or
(ii) has become eligible for that award for the service; or
(iii) would have been eligible for that award for the service if the member had not already been awarded it for other service.