After attending the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1989, Lieutenant General Hill commissioned into The Parachute Regiment. He has commanded at every level from Platoon to Division, predominantly in airborne and other very high readiness forces.
Command appointments include:
Maj - OC A Company, 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment on internal security operations in Northern Ireland and on operations in Iraq.
Lt Col - Commanding Officer 1st Battalion the Parachute Regiment; the UK’s Tier 2 SOF (Ranger Regiment) on operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
1 Star - Commander 16 Air Assault Brigade; the UK Very High Readiness intervention brigade.
1 Star - Deputy Commanding General US 82nd Airborne Division.
2 Star - General Officer Commanding 1st UK Division. The British Army’s light forces (infantry/cavalry) division with additional responsibility for overseas capacity building.
Staff posts have been mainly Joint Operational and/or international facing appointments and include:
Maj - Chief of Staff, 12 Mechanised Brigade.
Lt Col - Military Assistant to the Assistant Chief of the General Staff.
Lt Col - Directing Staff at the UK’s Joint Services Command and Staff College.
Col - Assistant Chief of Staff (J5 Plans) at the UK’s Permanent Joint HQ (PJHQ) responsible for national operational level planning for the Middle East and Asia during the Iraq and Afghanistan Campaigns.
Col - J5 Plans – US Central Command (CENTCOM)
2 Star - Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Defence Engagement) The 2 Star Military Director in MOD, responsible for Defence Policy and Plans for Middle East, Africa, Latin America/South America and Indo Asia Pacific.
Outside of operational theatres he has also served in Norway, Canada, Botswana, Kenya and Central America.