Major General Adam Findlay graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1987. He has served regimentally in the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment and The Special Air Service Regiment. He commanded the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, (2003-05) and in the 7th Combat Brigade (2014-16).
He has deployed on operations to East Timor in 2001-02, twice to Afghanistan in 2009 and 2012-13, and twice to Iraq 1998 and 2016-17. He was promoted to Major General and assumed the appointment of Special Operations Commander Australia on 29 June 2017. He was awarded a PhD in Military History from the University of New South Wales in 2014 and is a fellow of the Harvard Business School.
Major General Findlay was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006 for his command of the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, and awarded a US Legion of Merit for his command of the Special Operations Joint Task Force – Iraq in 2017.