Regimental Sergeant Major – Army
Warrant Officer Grant McFarlane, OAM, grew up in country Victoria. He enlisted in the Australian Army in February 1980 and, on completion of basic recruit training, he was assigned to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps.
On completion of initial employment training he was post to 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. During this posting he completed all of this regimental appointments. As a Warrant Officer Class One he was appointed as wing sergeant major at the School of Infantry and as the career manager for infantry sergeants.
On completion of his regimental sergeant majors course, in 2001, he was appointed as the Regimental Sergeant Major of the 10th/27th Battalion, Royal South Australia Regiment. In his career he has also been appointed as the Regimental Sergeant Major of 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment; 3rd Brigade; 2nd Division; and the Directorate of Soldier Career Management—Army.
Warrant Officer McFarlane has been deployed on a number of operational and non-operational tours, including Malaysia, Timor-Leste (East Timor) with INTERFET (1999–2000) and again on Operation ASTUTE (2006), as well as Operation SLIPPER as the Regimental Sergeant Major for Combined Team—Uruzgan (October 2011 – February 2012) at Multi-National Base—Tarin Kot in southern Afghanistan.
In 2007, Warrant Officer McFarlane was awarded the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. His other honours and awards include: Australian Active Service Medal for service in Timor-Leste (East Timor) and Afghanistan, INTERFET Medal, Australian Service Medal for service in South-East Asia and Timor-Leste (East Timor), Afghanistan Medal, Defence Long Service Medal (with clasps), Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal and NATO Non-Article Five Medal (ISAF clasp).
Warrant Officer McFarlane is married to Tracey and has two sons, and a grandson who he loves spending time with. He has many interests including bike riding, kayaking and paddle boarding. He is an avid AFL (Essendon Football Club) and Rugby League (Newcastle Knights) supporter.
Warrant Officer McFarlane was officially appointed as the 11th Regimental Sergeant Major—Army in July 2018.