Bob Shepherd’s Military Days.


A few photographs to show a full and fun career of 23 years in the British military from the early 1970s to the mid 1990s:


raf basic training

If someone had to pick out which recruit would later join the SAS, it certainly wouldn’t be the undernourished ten year old centre front row. Eventually Bob got a wee bit bigger. RAF Swinderby, recruit training before going onto RAF Regiment training at Catterick, Yorkshire.

x colony 1

Preparation for the “Cross Colony March” Hong Kong New Territories, where our team broke the previous record of crossing from East to West taking in every high point and going back down to sea level. Bob was a member of 2 Sqn RAF Regiment, here he is 3rd from right kneeling. 1970s.

2 field

On the DZ awaiting the last stick of the day to jump. UK 1970s, Bob front right.


Friends for life! Bob spent 3 years in 2 Sqn RAF Regiment, based at RAF Colerne, Wiltshire, before going onto SAS Selection in the mid 1970s.


Quick reaction live fire in a wadi in Dhofar, Oman, 1972.

hedgehog (2)

“One of our defensive positions known as “hedgehogs” on the Salalah Plain, Dhofar, Oman protecting the airfield. On my first trip there as a 17 year old, I would watch the SAS nightly firefights up in the jebel (mountains) about 4 miles to my front. Tracer and explosions flying back and forward. From that moment, I decided that I wanted to be up there as an SAS soldier. I was told that I’d have to be old enough to shave first! Oman, 1972.”

bob new to the regt. (2)

Having passed SAS Selection, Bob outside his “basha,” now with B Sqn 22 SAS Regt, in Bradbury Lines, Hereford, England, mid 70s.

diving 70s

Returning from a training dive with boat troop B Sqn, 22 SAS Regt. UK 1970s

bob in jungle lup (3)

“Softy with an umbrella in the jungle. The NZ SAS Sqn used small umbrellas in the jungles of Vietnam in order to maintain their body temperature during hard routine patrolling when they were static in the rain. I brought it into 22 SAS Regt in the late 70s after doing a NZ SAS Tracking course. If I was sat out all night on hard routine  for example, it’s amazing how much comfort can be taken by not losing my much needed body heat, given the daily work rate with little food intake. “

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Flying to RV with a submarine on a night jump with boats. 1980s

boat people

Boat Troop with their Klepper canoes rafting up for a final quick brief before a long haul. 1980s. Bob 5 from left.

borneo patrol

Mixed International SF LRRP Team. Bob front left. Borneo 1980s

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22 SAS Regimental RV, Brew up Wadi, Western Iraq, GW1, Early 90s. Bob left foreground.

claymore siting (2)

Setting up a live fire bank of Claymores demo. Brunei 1990s

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The Army School of Infantry title of WO1 (SMI) Sergeant Major Instructor. Just over two terrific years of training lads from other nations as well as our own. Loved my time there, good hard grafting staff, all working as one great team! Early 90s, Jungle Warfare school, Training Team Brunei (TTB).

Published by: bobshepherdauthor

Bestselling author Bob Shepherd has spent nearly forty years operating in conflict areas around the world. A twenty year veteran of Britain’s elite 22 SAS Regiment with nearly two decades of private security work to his credit, Bob has successfully negotiated some of the most dangerous places on earth as a special forces soldier and a private citizen. Bob comments regularly on security issues and has appeared on CNN International, BBC, SKY News, and BBC Radio. He has also authored numerous articles and books including the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller The Circuit. In addition to writing and lecturing, Bob continues to advise individuals operating in hostile environments. For more of his insights on security and geopolitics visit

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7 thoughts on “Bob Shepherd’s Military Days.”

  1. Looks like Mick Gant in your RAF Regiment photo,Boxed in the Outdoor cinema in Salalah in 1974 against Paul Craddock.Glad your well.

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