Leaving the army ... Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith. Photo: Chris Moore
Victoria Cross recipient Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith is quitting the army to pursue a career in business.
The SAS soldier is among a growing number of highly skilled soldiers who are leaving the army as the war in Afghanistan draws to a close, News Ltd says.
The 34-year-old Roberts-Smith is the son of judge and Army Reserve Major-General Len Roberts-Smith, and is well connected with the Western Australian business community.
He received his VC medal - Australia's highest medal for valour under fire - during the battle of Tizak in June 2010 when he stormed Taliban machine gun positions in Afghanistan single-handedly.
At the time the father-of-two was awarded his medal in January 2011, Prime Minister Julia Gillard described him as one of the greatest living Australians.