Squad Average is the true story following the incredible life of a young soldier, from his early teenage years until today. From the man who had everything, to the man who was faced with homelessness – Mark Inman’s life story follows a whirlwind of opportunity, but also regret and heartbreak.
He began his career on the wrong foot, finding himself caught up in an incident that left him incarcerated in Hong Kong for a crime that he did not commit. Back in the UK, he then picked up his military career and excelled to become an established soldier in his unit. He rapidly progressed through the ranks and after a serious incident Mark was left with a broken back which threatened to end his career. Through pure determination and stubbornness he picked himself up again and fought to achieve part of his dream to become an instructor of recruits. He attempted his ultimate goal of SAS Selection and found himself making a decision that he regrets to this day. Mark decided on a career change and became a qualified bodyguard – subsequently picking up a close protection contract in Afghanistan (Kabul).
Mark’s career change soon changed his whole life. During his adventures in Kabul he encountered endless fights and close shaves including two suicide bombings, a kidnap attempt and a plane crash. He became addicted to the adrenaline which then became his demon and downfall – leading him to take unnecessary risks on his life. His journey came to an end after being shot in a drive by shooting which he shouldn’t have survived. Flashbacks and nightmares soon controlled Mark and it impacted on his life so severely that his marriage and family broke down. Suicide became an option and he lost everything except his dog, his best friend. Mark discovered that he was suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and realising this allowed him to regain control of his life. He is now re-married and lives in Swadlincote, Derbyshire.