Army Skills

Jordan Wylie

Former Soldier, Bestselling Author, Extreme Adventurer

Jordan Wylie is a former soldier, bestselling author, extreme adventurer and also one of the stars of Channel 4’s BAFTA-nominated and award-winning shows Hunted and Celebrity Hunted.

Growing up on a council estate in Birmingham, Jordan left school early with no qualifications to join the British Army at 16 years old. He served for ten years and saw operational service in Northern Ireland and Iraq where he specialised in military intelligence, close reconnaissance and armoured warfare operations. On leaving the Army, Jordan went into Maritime Security, making headlines after armed Somali pirates boarded his ship. It was this experience that led Jordan to write “Citadel: The True Story of One Man’s War Against the Pirates of Somalia”, which became a number one bestseller on publication in 2017.

In October 2019, Jordan became the first person in history to row solo and unsupported across the most dangerous strait of water on the planet (Bab el Mandeb Straits) between the Horn of Africa and Yemen. Jordan has also successfully completed numerous major charity expeditions, including the highly publicised Running Dangerously, which saw him run through Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia; and Barefoot Warrior which involved climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest freestanding mountain, completely barefoot. He has raised over a million pounds for charity and some of his expeditions have been made into documentaries on Sky TV.

Since his time in the Army, Jordan has battled with severe depression, chronic anxiety and more recently epilepsy, and now campaigns to remove the stigma of mental illness.

Recently Jordan returned to education, and he now holds a BA (Hons) and MA in the field of Security, Safety and Risk Management where he is an industry thought leader and commentator in the mainstream media with regular appearances on Sky News and the BBC.  He is also an Army Cadet Ambassador, saying “Army Cadets is an amazing youth organisation that inspires boys and girls to develop themselves, enjoy fun activities and build friendships in a safe, positive and inclusive environment.”

In November 2019, Jordan released his latest book, ‘Running For My Life’, to critical acclaim.