Major General Anthony Palmer was commissioned into the Royal Green Jackets in 1970. He commanded a platoon in Londonderry for a year at the start of the troubles, leaving shortly before Bloody Sunday in 1971. He has served in Germany (twice) and he attended the Staff College in Pakistan. Most of the active part of his career has been spent in Northern Ireland. Most recently, he commanded 8th Infantry Brigade again based in Londonderry. He left there in 1995 to attend the Royal College of Defence Studies. After that relaxing year, he spent three years grappling with the Army's budget in the Ministry of Defence. He was responsible for the Army input to the Strategic Defence Review in 1996. He left Whitehall in 1998 to take up the position as Director General Army Training and Recruiting.

In 1999, he was appointed the first Colonel Commandant of the Corps of Army Music. He is also a Board member of the Prince's Trust Volunteers where he is seeking to extend the links between the Trust and the Armed Forces. He took up the appointment of Deputy Commander Operations (DCOMOPS) in Sarajevo on 9 Jan 2002.

He is married with three children and lives in North Dorset. His interests include music - he is a keen amateur pianist and organist and salmon fishing on the River Spey. He plays tennis and golf and supports Southampton Football Club.

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