Born in 1949 at Debre Marcos in a family of eight children, Assaye Berhane had his schooling in Nigus Tekle Haimanot school. He was clearly a good student, in as much as he had won some prizes at school. His early ambition was to be a doctor. He enjoys riding and hunting. His interest centers round a visit to Israel for which nation he has great admiration. He would like to postpone his marriage till he becomes a Captain. He expects to marry a decent girl with average education who should however not be taller than himself. He intensly desires to join theArmoured Corps.