Neil Reynolds was born and bred in Grahamstown where he matriculated from Graeme College in 1979. Called up to 7 SAI to start his national service, he volunteered to go to Infantry School and became an officer. During the Border War, Neil served in the reconnaissance wing of 31 Battalion. He has written a book, Eye on the Enemy, about his time there. He retired from the army in 1999 and started working in the private security industry.