I know Brian Clemens wrote background material for the characters but I am focusing more on what is actually stated on the show. Its stated that he was in the Paras, served in Ireland, was a mercenary at some point and even in the SAS. I am curious about the timeline of Bodie's past and what happened when. Would the SAS accept a former mercenary? Those sort of things got me wondering about his past. Was a clear timeline created on the show and I've just missed it?
I realize some of my questions come from over analyzing a show made at a time when character background wasn't as rigidly followed as it is today and some character information was created only because it suited the particular episode.
More likely that he'd have gone from the parachute regiment to the SAS and then been a mercenary after leaving the forces? As I might have mentioned I used to work in Hereford and there's a lot of ex-forces personnel employed there in what these days is known as the private security industry. Husband of an ex-colleague is former parachute regiment and since leaving the army has amongst other jobs been employed guarding boats that have to pass near the Somalian coast. Not hard to imagine a modern day Bodie doing the same kind of work.