He is one of the 4 living knights of the In 1998 he went to the Royal Military Academy in Breda. In 2001 he became a platoon commander in the Korps Commandotroepen to be. By 2009, he had been on at least five deployments to Afghanistan, several to Africa and other missions.
On 7 October 2009, for a mission in 2006, he was awarded the, the second highest military decoration awarded by Queen Beatrix From 2009 to 2012, he was special operations policy adviser at the Ministry of Defence in The Hague.
After this he was a "citizen" consultant at Deloitte. He returned to military duty in 2013.
The King referred to Tuinman and Epke Zonderland in his Christmas speech in 2014.