Then on the matter. My story is set in the 1980s. I have a minor character who was in the RAF (or other kind of army) for 30 years before retiring, and I'd like to add some general information about his life, nothing too specific. And these are the questions:
1. Is it credible that he retired around the age of 50? I can't have him older than this. I suppose that he entered the RAF when he came of age (in the 1950s). As a 50-year-old, he seems a little too young to me to retire, but he would be a sort of veteran or something like that.
2. What would his grade be after 30 years of service? I can imagine that it may depends on his career itself, but I don't need it to be very accurate, I'd just like to find something credible.
3. Err, this is embarrassing. I kinda suck at contemporary history, so... any war involving the UK he could have been sent to? In the period 1950-1980? I thought about IRA, but that was all I could think of.
I tried to google "britain history", "contemporary british history", I read Wikipedia's page about UK and other things related, but it wasn't very useful. Thanks in advance!
Many thanks to everyone who helped me out with this thing! Your help has been greatly appreciated!