What’s the most outrageous lie you’ve heard from someone who claimed to be military or ex-military?

Mudassir Ali
Feb 06, 2020 03:16 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 06, 2020 03:16 PM

After leaving the Army in 2014 I started at a retail store. Turns out the retention NCO was right, I should have reenlisted. Anyway, there was a fellow I worked with who claimed to be a veteran. He was in his mid-20’s but he didn’t act like a veteran. His mannerisms and speech patterns were wrong. I can’t put my finger on it, but he just didn’t seem like someone who had served, let alone recently separated.

Well, I’m not one to call people out. I figured, if he is a fake, who cares, no skin off my back. It would be worse to call out a legit veteran than to let a poser get by.

Rather than call him out, I egged him on. He would like to “one-up” everyone, and so I would share a story from my time in the Army. Nothing amazing, I wasn’t Rambo, just an intel guy. Regardless, if I mentioned the airfield at KAF he would talk about his time piloting a Black Hawk. If I mentioned qualifying expert on my M4, he would regale us with his time as a Marine Scout-Sniper.

I don’t remember what led up to it, but he claimed to have flown to Afghanistan in a B-2 Stealth Bomber. I was not Air Force and I know nothing about that aircraft, but I’m quite confident they are not flying Marine Scout-Snipers into Afghanistan in a B-2 Bomber to fly Black Hawks.

I left after working there for 9 months. By the time I left, I don’t think anyone believed he had served even one day in the military, but not because I said anything.

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