Brad worked aggressively to enhance his leadership skills and joined the Reserves Officer Training Corps. In 1997, he was commissioned into the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant Infantry Officer, assigned to the 3rd /505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division Fort Bragg, NC. In 2002, Brad was assigned to the 2nd/346th Combat Service Support Battalion at Camp Shelby, MS. His team assisted in training over 10,ooo combined soldiers, sailors, and airmen for military deployments. In 2016, Bradford retired from the Army Reserves, at the rank of Major, from the 8th/ 108th Transportation Battalion with 25 years of combined service. He has graduated from numerous military schools and courses including the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Advanced Infantry Captains Career Course, and the Command and General Staff College.
In 2011, Brad served as a small farm consultant, funded by a grant, with Jackson State University. Along with a team of others, Bradford helped to educate minority farmers on agri-business and best farm practices, throughout the state of Mississippi. The vast knowledge provided through seminar-based events, on initiating and operating a farm, proved to be educational and rewarding.