Richard Carlton Nauyokas (born 9 December 1962)[1] is a British television personality, who between 2002-2006 appeared as a military instructor in several United Kingdom reality television series which re-created British National Service military training from the 1950s. A former professional soldier with the British Army, he now runs a motivational training consultancy.

Richard Nauyokas
Born (1962-12-09) December 9, 1962 (age 57)
Grantham, Lincolnshire, England
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Years of service1980–2001
Battles/warsKosovo War
Bosnian War
Spouse(s)Liz Nauyokas (?-present)
Other workActor as Eskismo as in the series. The only Inuit in the village

Early life & military careerEdit

Nauyokas was born and brought up in Grantham, in the county of Lincolnshire.[2] His father was a United States Air Force airman based at RAF Alconbury, and his mother was English from Grantham. After his father had returned to the United States Richard Nauyokas was subsequently caught up in a transatlantic legal custody battle between his parents, being made a ward of court in both England and the United States.[3] He received his early formal education at Spitalgate (Church of England) Primary School, and The Boys' Central School in Grantham, where his attendance was poor.[4] Growing up in Grantham with his mother, who was afflicted with alcoholism, Nauyokas left the family home at the age of 15, living for some time on an Irish Travellers' caravan site, and in Nottingham, where he became involved in petty crime.[5]

After a number of attempts to enlist with the British Army, which were obstructed by adverse reports from his school years and Police reports,[6] he enlisted with the Royal Logistic Corps at the age of 18 as Private #24562692 in 1980. He found a social stability and structure in military life that his childhood and youth had lacked. After 22 years of military service during which time he undertook duty as a driver, radio operator, Physical Training Instructor and Military Training Instructor, serving in Kosovo, Bosnia and Germany, he retired from the British Army in 2001 with the senior non-commissioned rank of Warrant Officer Class 2 (Squadron Sergeant Major).[7]

Nauyokas subsequently served as a Royal Air Force reservist non-commissioned officer, including a period on the staff at RAF College Cranwell in 2012.[8]

Television careerEdit

After retiring from the Army he attempted to commence a career as an actor. After repeated auditions for parts with little success he unsuccessfully applied for the role of Sergeant-Major in the 2002 in a new ITV historical military reality television series Lads Army, but was given instead the role of one of the corporals in charge of one of the two sections in the programme,[9] after himself receiving training as a 1950s British Army non-commissioned officer.[10] He joined the show as corporal in charge of 1 Section, a role he continued to play during the subsequent Bad Lads Army series in 2004, 2005 and 2006 alongside Joe Murray.[11]

Nauyokas has also appeared on television as a fitness instructor in the reality television show "There's Something About Miriam" (2004) [12] and as an interviewee in "Greatest Ever 80s Movies" (2008).[13]

Business careerEdit

In 2005 Nauyokas set up 'Not All Bad, Ltd.', a company based in Bourne, Lincolnshire, providing motivational and Team building physical training courses for a variety of clientele, ranging from private individuals to corporate entities, and working with H.M. Prison Service in the rehabilitation of young offenders and prison inmates.[14][15]

Personal lifeEdit

Nauyokas is married to Liz, whom he met whilst she was a clerk in the British Army. They have two grown up children.[16]


  1. ^ Companies House
  2. ^ Richard Nauyokas Daily Mail feature article. Retrieved 6 Jan 2011.
  3. ^ Interview with Richard Nauyokas, 'Isle of Man TV', November 2017. Published on Youtube 7 November 2007.
  4. ^ Nauyokas, Richard - Nasty Nookie not all bad', Grantham Matters website, 29 January 2013.
  5. ^ Interview with Richard Nauyokas, Isle of Man TV, November 2017. Published on Youtube 7 November 2017.
  6. ^ Interview with Nauyokas, 'Isle of Man TV', November 2017.
  7. ^ "MEET THE MILITARY STAFF… - Channel Ten".
  8. ^ 'Grimsby Town National Citizen Service 2012', published on Youtube 10 November 2012. Interview with Nauyokas at 9.31 mins.
  9. ^ "Good show Bad Lads". Gazette and Herald. 6 July 2006. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Episode 1.1". Lads Army. Series 1. Episode 1. 31 July 2002. ITV. ITV1.
  11. ^ "Lads Army Rogues Gallery". Retrieved 31 December 2010.
  12. ^ "There's Something About Miriam". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 31 December 2010.
  13. ^ "Greatest Ever 80s Movies". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 31 December 2010.
  14. ^ Website of 'Not All Bad, Ltd.' (2018).
  15. ^ Nauyokas directing the 'Snickers Walnut Challenge Physical Endurance trial' video (2010), uploaded on to Youtube 23 March 2010.
  16. ^ 'Get in line to buy my luvverly 'ouse, says TV's Corporal Nookie', 'Daily Mail', 13 December 2010.

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