Magazine article Management Today

General Sir Mike Jackson - If I Had to Start Again

Magazine article Management Today

General Sir Mike Jackson - If I Had to Start Again

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I wouldn't swap my army life for anything. I'm a pragmatist - I don't look back and say what I missed. Now it's just a case of 'that chapter is closed, this one's open', and moving on. Operational command was the most rewarding thing I've experienced, and I ended on quite an adventure - Kosovo in 1999.

As a commander in the field, your responsibility is absolute: getting it right gives a great sense of achievement, but it involves risk, and there have been times when, very sadly, I've had to bury friends.

I was, for example, very close to Warrenpoint, location of the deadly attack by the IRA on August bank holiday, 1979. They murdered Mountbatten in the morning, then had a go at the British Army in the afternoon. Eighteen soldiers were killed. That's the hard part, but it is, of course, the nature of the game. Your life depends on your mate, and vice versa.

My father, who fought in the second world war, was clearly an influence on me. …

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