why do you contradict yourselves when it comes to membership and the wearing of the colours ? there were good men in the 1973-1998 period that defended this country, but never seen action what makes them any different ? it feels like we are left behind 2010 a change was made, 2018 time for a change lads no 22 crew not second rate diggers...but you make them feel that way..............
We fully acknowledge and appreciate the sacrifice that ALL service members make, including the fact that at any time they could be placed in harms way whilst defending Australia or her interests.
The term 'Veteran' has several connotations. Service, Combat and War are but a few. You have answered your own question, "what makes them any different?" is the fact that they have "never seen action" or as the Governor General deems, 'warlike service'.
General or long service in the ADF may well constitute eligibility in the future, however it is not what the Club was founded upon, nor is it currently applicable to full membership.
To correct a contradiction in your post - the sailors, "diggers", airmen and civilians that comprise the membership of 22 Crew are "not second rate". Their members fully participate and enjoy VMC rides, functions and camaraderie. Given the fact that they have chosen 22 Crew over other military or social motorcycle clubs, one wonders if you know how they feel?