The Ex-Soldiers Standard Bearer this year is David Deacon of Hillside Terrace.
The dad-of-two, who works in the security industry, is delighted by his appointment on Sunday.
The 44-year-old said: “I’m looking forward to the Common Riding in general.
“Not being from the area, it’s a massive opportunity to meet people in the town and get more involved in the community.
“Selkirk is a great place to live and bring up our kids.”
The former member of the Royal Military Police from Glossop, Derbyshire, is married to Fiona and the couple have Callum, 15 and Rhian, eight.
The family moved to Selkirk in 2006, though David worked away from home on operations until 2010.
This year’s Selkirk Ex-Soldiers Standard Bearer joined the Royal Military Police straight from school, aged 15 in 1984, spending his first two years in ‘boy service’. He left in 2010 and had hoped to join Lothian and Borders Police, but the service had stopped recruiting, so he ran training in the private security industry until taking up his current post in August 2011.