When the Fijian solider leads the Combined Services into battle against Samoa next week he will realise half his dream.
Satala is a modern-day anomaly: a top-class sportsman who refuses to jeopardise his day job.
The marauding back rower ought to be helping Sale's Premiership cause this season, but instead he finds himself smashing ball-carriers and shredding defences with Taunton in National Two South.
Dean Ryan saw fit to add the Army stalwart to his 2008 roster, allowing him to balance forces commitments with Kingsholm requirements.
Satala made 30 Cherry and White appearances in two years before his Scotland posting yielded the Edgeley Park opportunity.
Ex-Kingsholm captain Kingsley Jones lured Satala north, but no sooner had the deal been agreed than Mike Brewer arrived and turned Sale upside down - leaving Satala surplus to requirements.
Meanwhile Bryan Redpath signed Matt Cox from Worcester to complete Gloucester's back row stocks, creating a summer of limbo for the likeable loose forward.
Alarmed by circumstance Redpath monitored the situation, keen to offer a helping hand.
And as soon as Satala managed a reposting to Imjin Barracks, the Gloucester boss stepped in.
Redpath engineered Satala's Taunton move and could still turn to the experienced campaigner if opportunity, space and funding all allow.
Relishing his rugby after a demoralisingly uncertain off-season, Satala harbours serious hopes of one day turning next week's Kingsholm bow into a full-blown Gloucester return.
"I'm happy now and relieved to be back playing and enjoying my rugby," he explained.
"It had been a tough few months, because I thought everything was fine and sorted at Sale but then that just didn't work out. So I was in a bit of a tight spot where the rugby was concerned to be honest.
"I really loved my time at Gloucester, so it was tough to leave and take up a different offer. But when that didn't work out it made leaving Kingsholm even harder to handle in many respects.
"My family has to be at the forefront of my decisions though, and they are all very happy now we are in Imjin.
"And it's great for me too, because it gives me a chance, maybe, hopefully, of playing for Gloucester again.
"I'm ready whenever they are, if ever they need me, to go back to Kingsholm.
"It's going great at Taunton and they have been brilliant with me too. I've settled in well, the lads there are great and there's a great drive and will to win at the club.
"Everyone takes their rugby really seriously, and in everything that we do we're striving to have that Premiership professionalism at the club.
"I'm working as hard as possible to keep myself at that Premiership sharpness and intensity. I don't know whether Gloucester would need me this season, or even next, but I'd love to make a return there and they know that I'm ready and willing if they need me.
"So playing at Taunton has allowed me to keep my hand in, and I'm very grateful to the coaches and players there for giving me that opportunity.
"Bryan also helped a lot in that respect, helping set up the move, and he's been fantastic helping in all of this.
"I've no idea when or even if I would be able to go back to Gloucester, and I'm just leaving all that up to them. I'm just very happy that's a potential opportunity, and I'm delighted to be loving my rugby again."
Excited by mixing his two passions of forces rugby and Kingsholm, Satala said the November clash will be a true thriller for the fans, who can take advantage of cut-price ticket offers.
"It's a great match for the Combined Services - a great opportunity to raise the profile of the rugby that we play," he said. "It will be a huge honour to play against Samoa.
"They are a very talented side that love to play exciting, fast and entertaining rugby.
"I hope the fans come along to Kingsholm to watch what will definitely be a really thrilling game.
"We really love to play an attacking game and so do they, so we'll expect the match to be high scoring and high quality.
"For me personally it will be fantastic to play at Kingsholm again, to see a lot of old friends and see some familiar faces in the crowd hopefully.
"Everyone across the world knows how knowledgeable the Gloucester people are about their rugby, and I'm sure they'll be as excited about this game as we all are.
"It's a full international match with all the expectation that goes around that, and I'm always proud to represent the forces."
Interview courtesy of Nick Purewal, Gloucester Citizen