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Former SBS Operator Ant Middleton explains how to handle life after leaving the military

Business Insider UK spoke with Anthony Middleton, former Special Forces Operator and co-author of “SAS: Who Dares Wins” about why your biggest strength in the military can be your biggest weakness when leaving.

He said: “If you learn about society and you learn to take all the positives from your military career, i.e being a people’s person, knowing how to communicate, knowing how to deal with people; and you tone down the aggression, then you actually find out you’d become a very handy tool in civvy street.”

“In the military, my aggression just went through the roof, it was Code Red, it was get in there, get the job done, no mercy. Here in society, I now look at stuff and I think, I need to ramp it up to actually let the team know that they need to buck their ideas up, they’re being lazy, I need to get a grip of them, but it doesn’t go into that Code Red.”

Anthony Middleton was a point man/lead scout and also a primary fires operator and sniper. Prior to joining the SBS, Ant also served in the Royal Marines and 9 Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers.

He is also a brand ambassador for Forces Cars Direct, the UK’s largest online company specialising in offering military discounts on new cars for all those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces.

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