After leaving the British Army, McAleese became a mercenary in Angola for the FNLA, taking command of the unit after the capture of Costas Georgiou. He then emigrated to Rhodesia and joined the Rhodesian SAS. At Zimbabwean independence in 1980, McAleese departed for South Africa and was assigned to a paratrooper unit called 44 Parachute Brigade within which he was required to form a pathfinder unit. After ending his task he worked for COIN Security Group (Pty) Ltd, a civilian security company. After a serious parachuting accident he went back to the United Kingdom and did some mercenary work in Colombia. In the mid 1990s Peter worked training Russian bodyguards in Moscow with Mike Steele. McAleese worked in the security industry in Algeria, Russia and Iraq for 12 years.
- McAleese, Peter, Avery, John (1999). McAleese's Fighting Manual. Orion. ISBN 0-7528-0063-9.
- McAleese, Peter (2000). No Mean Soldier. Cassell Military. ISBN 0-304-35684-0.
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