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Lieutenant General Nick Carter was commissioned into The Royal Green Jackets in 1978. He commanded 2nd Battalion, The Royal Green Jackets, an armoured infantry battalion based in Germany, with operational deployments in Bosnia (1998) and Kosovo (1999 – 2000).

He attended the Higher Command and Staff Course in 2001.  This was followed by a year as Colonel Army Personnel Strategy at Headquarters Adjutant General; 6 months as Director of Plans of the US-led Combined Joint Task Force 180 in Afghanistan in mid 2002; 3 months in the Cross Government Iraq Planning Unit based in the FCO leading up to and during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

He commanded 20 Armoured Brigade, initially in Iraq from January to May 2004, and then in Germany until December 2005.  In 2006 he assumed the appointment of Director of Army Resources and Plans in the Ministry of Defence.

Lieutenant General Carter assumed command of 6th United Kingdom Division in January 2009 and was responsible for the preparation and training of the Task Forces deploying on operations to Afghanistan.  The Division then became a CJTF and assumed responsibility for ISAF Regional Command South from November 2009 to November 2010.

He was promoted to Lieutenant General in October 2011 and given responsibility for leading the Army 2020 Team to design the future Army.  Since October 2012 he has served as Deputy Commander HQ ISAF and the UK’s National Contingent Commander in Afghanistan.