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Nick Carter (British Army officer)

Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter
Carter while serving in Afghanistan in 2010
Nickname(s) Nick Carter
Born (1959-02-11) 11 February 1959
Nairobi, Kenya
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1978 – present
Rank General
Unit Royal Green Jackets
Commands held

General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter, KCBCBEDSO (born 11 February 1959) is a senior British Army officer. He served as commanding officer of 2nd Battalion, Royal Green Jackets in which role he was deployed to Bosnia in 1998 and Kosovo in 1999. After service in the War in Afghanistan, he was given command of 20th Armoured Brigade in 2004 and commanded British forces in Basra. He went on to be General Officer Commanding 6th Division, which was deployed to Afghanistan with Carter as Commander ISAF Regional Command South, before he became Director-General Land Warfare. After that he became Deputy Commander Land Forces in which role he was the main architect of the Army 2020 concept. After a tour as Deputy Commander, International Security Assistance Force, he assumed the position of Commander Land Forces in November 2013. In September 2014, he became head of the British Army as Chief of the General Staff succeeding General Sir Peter Wall.

Military career

Early career

Winchester College, where Carter was educated

Born the son of Gerald and Elspeth Carter, Carter was educated at Winchester College and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.[1] He was commissioned into the Royal Green Jackets as second lieutenant on 8 April 1978, initially holding a short service commission.[2][3] Promoted to lieutenant on 8 April 1980,[4] he switched to a full career commission in 1982,[5] and was promoted to captain on 8 October 1984.[6] As a junior officer he served in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Germany and Great Britain.[1] Promoted to major on 30 September 1991,[7] he attended Staff College, Camberley later that year before becoming a company commander with 3rd Battalion, Royal Green Jackets in 1992.[1] He became military assistant to the Chief of the General Staff in 1994 and, having been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 1996 New Year Honours,[8] he joined the directing staff at the Staff College later that year.[1]

Carter was promoted lieutenant-colonel on 30 June 1996.[9] In 1998 he was appointed Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion, Royal Green Jackets in which role he was deployed to Bosnia in 1998 and Kosovo in 1999.[3] For his service in Bosnia, he was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service on 7 May 1999.[10] In Kosovo, Carter commanded a group of peacekeepers on a bridge over the River Ibar at Kosovska Mitrovica where he was tasked with keeping apart thousands of Serbs and Albanians gathered either side of the bridge. Carter later described the role as being the "meat in the sandwich".[11][12] He was advanced to Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 3 November 2000.[13]

High command

Carter was promoted to colonel on 31 December 2000 (with seniority from 30 June)[14] and advanced to Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 29 April 2003, following service in the War in Afghanistan.[15] He was promoted brigadier on 31 December 2003 (with seniority from 30 June),[16] and in 2004 he was given command of 20th Armoured Brigade, commanding British forces in Basra,[17][18] at one point stating that British forces could be in Iraq for "as long as a decade".[19] On 7 September 2004 he was awarded a further Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service for his service in Iraq.[20]

Carter has served as Deputy Commander of ISAF in Afghanistan

Carter became Director of Army Resources and Plans at the Ministry of Defence in 2006 and was given the honorary appointment of Deputy Colonel of The Rifles on 1 February 2007[21] (the successor regiment to the Royal Green Jackets) – a post until 1 November 2009.[22] Promoted to major general on 23 January 2009, became General Officer Commanding 6th Division[23] which was deployed to Afghanistan with Carter as Commander ISAF Regional Command South.[3] In September 2009, referring to the efforts of UK and NATO forces, Carter said that "time was not on our side".[24] After returning to the UK in November 2010, he gave an interview in which he warned that "the insurgency is resilient, and alive and well".[25]

Carter became Director-General Land Warfare early in 2011[26] and, having been awarded the Distinguished Service Order in March 2011,[27][28] he was promoted to lieutenant general and appointed Commander Field Army in November 2011[29] (the role redesignated Deputy Commander Land Forces in January 2012).[30] He was the main architect of the Army 2020 concept and reported on his recommendations in April 2012.[31] He assumed the post of Deputy Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), under the command of American general, John R. Allen, in September 2012[32] and, having handed over his command at ISAF in July 2013,[33] he became Commander Land Forces in November 2013.[34][35]

Carter was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the 2014 New Year Honours.[36][37] On 21 February 2014 it was announced that Carter would assume the post of Chief of the General Staff.[38] He took up his post and was promoted to full general on 5 September 2014.[39]

Personal life

In 1984 Carter married Louise Anne Ewart; they have three sons and one daughter.[1]

His interests include golf, cricket and field sports.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f Who's Who 2010, A & C Black, 2010, ISBN 978-1-4081-1414-8
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 47566. p. 7138. 12 June 1978. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "Major-General Nick Carter". ISAF. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 48170. p. 6337. 28 April 1980. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 48865. p. 796. 18 January 1982. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 49897. p. 13958. 15 October 1984. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 52691. pp. 16034–16035. 21 October 1991. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  8. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 54255. p. 6. 29 December 1995. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  9. ^ The London Gazette: no. 54453. pp. 8911–8912. 1 July 1996. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  10. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 55477. p. 5083. 6 May 1999. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  11. ^ Whitaker, Raymond (23 February 2000). "'"Mitrovica crisis must be solved `in two weeks.  
  12. ^ GALL, CARLOTTA (23 February 2000). "Serbs on Edge After a Rally by Albanians in a Kosovo City".  
  13. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56017. p. 12362. 3 November 2000. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  14. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56078. p. 14615. 2 January 2001. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  15. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56920. p. 5273. 29 April 2003. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  16. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57168. p. 123. 6 January 2004. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  17. ^ "Explosion near Baghdad: 15 British Marines Injured".  
  18. ^ Fairweather, Jack (22 April 2004). "British blamed as attacks expose security failings".  
  19. ^ "UN key to Iraq's future - Blair".  
  20. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57402. pp. 11250–11251. 7 September 2004. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  21. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58345. p. 8037. 5 June 2007. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  22. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59323. p. 1679. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  23. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58961. p. 1334. 27 January 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  24. ^ "Time against' Afghanistan forces". BBC News. 18 September 2009. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  25. ^ Norton-Taylor, Richard (10 November 2010). "Taliban insurgency alive and well, warns British major general".  
  26. ^ "Land Warfare Conference Programme 2011". RUSI. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  27. ^ "Warminster based Army Officers awarded honours". Warminster People. 25 March 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  28. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59737. p. 5640. 25 March 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  29. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59973. p. 22333. 22 November 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  30. ^ "Army Commands". Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  31. ^ "Territorial Army not fit for new role, warns Generals". Daily Telegraph. 11 February 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  32. ^ "Promotions, leavers, new jobs". Defence Viewpoints. May 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  33. ^ "NATO welcomes Lieutenant General John Lorimer as Deputy Commander ISAF". ISAF. July 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  34. ^ "Ups and outs July 2013". Defence Viewpoints. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  35. ^ "Strucrure". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  36. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60728. p. 2. 31 December 2013.
  37. ^ "New Year Honours 2014 Military Division". UK Government. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  38. ^ "New Chief of the General Staff appointed". British Army. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  39. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60984. p. 2. 9 September 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
Military offices
Preceded by
Jacko Page
General Officer Commanding the 6th Division
Succeeded by
Post Disbanded
Preceded by
Adrian Bradshaw
Deputy Commander, ISAF
Succeeded by
John Lorimer
Preceded by
Sir Adrian Bradshaw
Commander Land Forces
Succeeded by
James Everard
Preceded by
Sir Peter Wall
Chief of the General Staff
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