How a Veteran Began Trading in the Military to Have True Freedom Today

Paul Bratby
5 min readApr 8, 2019


At 17 years old, I was a young soldier in the British Army trying to make ends meet by being a soldier and driving taxis in my spare time.

I really wanted to take control of my financial future so I wouldn’t have to start a new career after I retired from the British Army at 40 years old.

By the time I was 25, my dream was to be able to buy my first home, settle my family down away from military life, and retire early in a sunny country.

What most people don’t know, was that when I was at home, I was working extra jobs on the side, while also having to be away on regular military deployments.

All this time away made me feel like I was stuck in this never ending cycle, and my dreams of leaving the military life to settle my family in a sunny country were unattainable.

To make things worse, because I was away most of the time, and my wife struggled to find a job and childcare that adapted to my deployments.

I had failed as a husband and father.

One BIG problem during my military service was that once I had completed a 4 month training course, I went straight on to a 6 month deployment.

Being away for 10 months at a time while not making additional income to help me reach the financial freedom meant that I would have to leave the military and start another career that I didn’t want to do.

Then, as I came back from one of my missions, I decided to sit down and do some research…

I began to look into trading, and when I found Forex & Stocks trading, everything changed for me. The potential of financial freedom through trading and investing looked like a credible solution!

After working to understand trading strategies better, it became crystal clear to me how to make consistent profits. I was determined to leave the Army without having to start a second career.

If I kept my trading strategy simple, it wasn’t going to take me a decade to learn how to trade profitably. All I needed was to create a simple and repeatable strategy that I could feel confident with.

After my first year of profit, my account balance grew by nearly 71%. When I returned back home after my deployment, my friends and family learned about my success. Shortly after, they entrusted me with their investment and I began trading their money.

After trading larger accounts, I was becoming financially free of my military income because I was now seeing returns of 60% on my account balance.

Suddenly, I was retiring myself from the Army.

To continue building on my trading investment, I repeated the simple trading strategy to make consistent profits.

After that, I took on my first £1,000,000 client as a Money Manager.

But there was still a problem…

Things were still not perfect.

Here’s what I mean… with each new client, it brought on more stress, and required more time to manage.

I was spiraling back into spending more time away from my family like I had been doing in the military.

Because the US markets didn’t close until 10pm European time, I wasn’t available to spend time with the children until after their bedtime!

This became so frustrating that I decided to retire from managing other people’s money so that I could focus on only managing mine.

Simply, this was by trading the high probability Fifth Wave move of an Elliott Wave sequence, while keeping it simple and repeatable.

I focused on building a software that was designed around the strategy that I had discovered after years of successful and consistently profitable trading.

I have assembled a team and we call this education platform Trade The Fifth.

We want to create software solutions that makes possible to have all traders become consistently profitable in the markets without spending a decade to learn while blowing out their accounts.

After 8 months of creating the software, and additional months of testing an Elliott Wave software that had never been done before on major broker platforms, we created Trade The Fifth.

Now, I can trade like the experts on Wall Street, and can teach others to do the same just by using our software.

Now, we have traders of all levels use Trade The Fifth and seeing immediate results!

As a result of all this we were able to achieve the following:

Trade The Fifth now gives access to an institutional grade software trading suite to multiple broker platforms including Thinkorswim, NinjaTrader, TradeStation, MultiCharts, and MT4. This allows millions of traders around the world to trade that high probability Fifth Wave move.

After creating Trade The Fifth, I was not only able to retire myself from the military and move into my dream home by the sea in Spain with my family, I no longer lose sleep worrying about my financial future.

Today, I trade with confidence using a simple and repeatable trading strategy while teaching thousands of traders how to trade with consistent profits for themselves.

Actual Photo taken from my backyard

And in the end, all of this means that I am now able to spend time with my family with a view of the Mediterranean sea in my backyard.

I live in the South of Spain, trade my own pension account, and am growing out an educational site to allow part-time or full-time traders to make great consistent profits in their trading business. I also have an inner circle of serious traders and investors that benefit from all my strategies that I have developed over the years.

I would like to invite you to a free web class to see for yourself, that first strategy that I developed, that is still doing so well for me today.

Simply register for the FREE web class where I teach the simple and repeatable Core Trading Strategy.

Trade The Fifth is an Elliott Wave program designed to educate traders and investors on the financial markets so they can take responsibility for their own portfolios and trading accounts by learning how to ride the profitable Fifth Wave setup.

Register for the FREE web class where our CEO, Paul Bratby teaches the simple and repeatable Core Trading Strategy.



Paul Bratby

Founder of Global Trading Software a marketplace bringing professional trading indicators, Auto traders & trading strategies to multiple platforms