Graham Bates commenced his military service in Darwin, where he graduated from the Officer Cadet Training Unit [OCTU] as a General Service Officer [Lieutenant] in the General Reserve [GRES] in 1990.
A graduate of the School of Military Intelligence, he worked as an Intelligence Officer [IO] with a special interest in Infrastructure, working for both NORFORCE and later 7 INT COY, an Intelligence asset of Northern Command [NORCOM].
Following successful completion of training courses at the Reserve Command and Staff College [RCSC], Graham was promoted to CAPT in 1996.
Due to civilian commitments, Graham transferred to the Royal Australian Medical Corps [RAAMC] in 2000, and is currently officially inactive.
He was awarded the Australian Defence Medal [ADM] in 2010 for his service to the ADF.
As a staff member at The Darwin Hospital from 1973, Graham was part of the evacuation team following Cyclone Tracy in 1974.
In recent years he is a post-graduate Health Scientist [Medical Imaging] and also a former resident of South-west Victoria.
Now resident on the Sunshine Coast in QLD, he maintains a focus on analysis, infrastructure & national issues.
Graham previously published 2 scientific papers, “Recycling, Hot Topic or Just Hot Air?,” and “The Clever Country – Dying of Thirst.”