Gareth Rochester

Service Ambassador

Gareth joined the Army Reserve in 1996 serving for 2.5 years prior to moving overseas to join the British Army. He served with the 1st Battalion Scots Guards for 6 years based in London and Germany, with overseas exercises in Canada and Kenya. Gareth deployed on operations to Northern Ireland twice and Iraq. During his time in London, Gareth was involved in ceremonial duties at Her Majesty’s palaces involving Changing of the Guard and had the honour of taking in part in funeral ceremonies for Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 2002. Gareth discharged from the British Army to return home and attend the Royal Military College Duntroon on 2006. After graduating in June 2007, he was posted to the Royal Australian Infantry corps serving with 8/9 RAR. 

Gareth was introduced to Soldier On through old colleagues. He got in touch with the National Operations and Employment Manager at the time, who was a former colleague at 8/9 RAR, to see if he could provide support to those looking to leave the ADF and their families.  

As an Ambassador he hopes to help those leaving the Defence Force to navigate their way to meaningful employment that draws on their skills learned from a challenging career in the ADF. You may find Gareth at some of the Soldier On Pathways Networking Events! Gareth is now employed by Suncorp Bank in a security advisory role.