James is a serving Army officer based in Canberra. He entered ADFA in 1999 and completed history honours in 2003, writing a thesis was on Australian Army mechanisation policy in the interwar period. James has completed a Masters of Arts (International Relations) from Deakin University in 2006, and another Master of Arts (Defence Studies) from Kings College London. The latter being attained while attending Command and Staff College in the UK in 20014-15. James is a PhD student at UNSW and his thesis is on the Australian Army militia during the Second World War.