Major General Tom Copinger-Symes was commissioned into The Royal Green Jackets in 1992, and spent his time at regimental duty on operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, including command of 5 RIFLES BG on Op HERRICK 15. His staff appointments have largely been at the PJHQ and MOD, covering the spectrum of enduring campaigns, contingent operations, defence engagement, military capacity building, UK resilience, counter terrorism, and defence planning and strategy.

In 2014 he formed and took command of 1st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Brigade, created as part of the Army 2020 restructuring. Following this he assumed the post of Assistant Chief of Staff (Operations) at Army Headquarters, responsible for providing military strategic advice on the use of Land forces; generating those forces in line with strategic direction; and operational-level planning and control of UK Resilience operations.

From Aug to Dec 17, Major General Copinger-Symes led the Information Manoeuvre Project Team, commissioned by The Army Board to improve the integration of the Army’s information-centric and digital capabilities. In Dec 17, he took up his current post as GOC Force Troops Command, which oversees those capabilities, as well as the bulk of the Army’s specialist capabilities.