Richard Vaughan-Payne was commissioned into 1st Battalion The Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (1DERR) from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Intake 34 on 18 December 1964, having attended Edward Bear Para course at RAF Abingdon.
He served with 1DERR in Malta, BAOR (Minden), Catterick, Berlin and completed two tours in Northern Ireland. Richard was then posted as G3/Forward Air Control with HQ 44 Para Bde (V) at Duke of Yorks HQ London. He left the Regular Army in September 1973 and was granted a Type A Commission PARA with effect from the same date.
Richard later served as the Officer Commanding 3 Coy 10 PARA (V) from 1977 to 1979. He went onto serve as a Liaison Officer with 49 Infantry Bde, and finally GLO 33 Sqn RAF at Odiham, prior to his retirement from the TA on 31 March 1994.