Tom started his military career in 1973 by joining the local army cadets. He found real enjoyment and felt that he finally belonged somewhere. He joined the Parachute Regiment in 1979 and after passing his training he was posted to 2 Para and was a full corporal when he left in 1988.
Tom’s tours included the following:
1983, 1987 Belize
1984 America, Washington state, carried out exercises and parachute jumps with The Rangers
1984, 1985 Northern Ireland