Desk left behind for career in army

A DESIRE for adventure and excitement drew Ryan Baker from his sales and marketing desk job to aspirations of joining the special forces.

Mr Baker was appointed as an officer to the Australian Army yesterday at the Anglesea Barracks in Hobart.

Many told the 30-year-old Launceston man it was an unconventional pathway to the defence force.

"I want to have some adventures, and I want to travel, and I want to have some excitement," he said.

Mr Baker said the four-month selection process was "unlike anything" he'd experienced and included a range of tests from aptitude, psychological and fitness, to a three-day selection interview in Canberra.

He was appointed as a general service officer and will join the infantry unit.

The former Riverside High School and Launceston College student said he wanted to join the special forces.

He will graduate from a business degree at the Australian Defence Force Academy and will then move on to the Royal Military College Duntroon, before being posted.

"I'm really excited about my future and new challenges," he said.

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