He commenced his military service in 1982 by having a short spell with 2 Mercian (local TA unit) before joining RMP in September 1983. He was in squad 8308A ( squad photo).
His first posting was 101 Pro Co y which covered Dusseldorf and JHQ Rheindahlen. He also completed a six month attachment to S.I.B. He married Lorna in July 1984.
1986-1988 he was posted to 176 Pro Coy RMP in Londonderry where his son Graham was born . He then completed his service whilst serving in Donnington Det 158 Pro Coy RMP.