Patrick Armstrong began his career as a professional army officer. During a varied military career that spanned 15 years he attended an Army Command and Staff course and attained the rank of lieutenant-colonel, commanding a special forces regiment.
In 1980 he elected to take early retirement from the armed forces in order to pursue a career in the financial services industry. He spent 23 years in this sector becoming the managing director of the financial planning division of a leading employee benefit consulting firm.
After a short sabbatical he joined a large listed agricultural services company, where for three years he was a consultant in corporate and individual agricultural finance before leaving to become a director and shareholder of a short term insurance administration company. When this company was acquired by a short term insurance company, he sold his shares and formed Battlefield® Management & Leadership Solutions [BMLS].