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Old 07-27-2018, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Rathdrum, ID
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Since OP mentioned "dating", my advice is to ask for photos. If the person is active duty, it is fairly easy to verify his or her information. If the person claimed to be a special force veteran, normally, asking for photos will solve a problem right away. You don't even need to go out of your way to verify his information. If he had no photos, then he is fake. Photos of their training, their military life are not classified normally, they should all have those and be happy to share with friends and families.
Asking for photos sometimes won't work. Thinking back on it, there are only five photographs taken of me while I was in, and two of those were studio portraits. I have no idea where any of the five are today.
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Old 07-27-2018, 01:41 PM
 
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Asking for photos sometimes won't work. Thinking back on it, there are only five photographs taken of me while I was in, and two of those were studio portraits. I have no idea where any of the five are today.
I guess it's different in the age of cell phone cameras.
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Old 07-27-2018, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
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I guess it's different in the age of cell phone cameras.
Yes.
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Old Yesterday, 05:23 PM
 
Location: the Old Dominion
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I know an ex navy diver who allows himself to be represented as a SEAL. He knows I know better and doesn't push it around me. I served 9 years active so I speak "navy" well enough to read between the lines.
Over the years I have met a great many people who I know are fake Vietnam veterans.
I get what you are saying, Listener. A couple of well placed questions and you can tell by how they answer if they really are what they claim.
When people ask me, I tell them I was assigned to Special Forces and not Special Forces. You need the Special Qualification Course for that. I could not bear making myself into someone much bigger than I am. How does a person live with that?
As it is. I do not mention being in the military unless directly asked.
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Old Yesterday, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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In the early 80s I took a couple of technician courses with a class full of sailors.
I was the single lone Marine in the class.


The teachers were retired Navy and one of them decided he would call me Sarge.
I dutifully corrected him because I was a Corporal.


He apologized and began to call me Gunny.
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Old Today, 06:51 AM
 
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I get what you are saying, Listener. A couple of well placed questions and you can tell by how they answer if they really are what they claim.
When people ask me, I tell them I was assigned to Special Forces and not Special Forces. You need the Special Qualification Course for that. I could not bear making myself into someone much bigger than I am. How does a person live with that?
As it is. I do not mention being in the military unless directly asked.
More than a decade after retirement, I've still had people tell me I was in the military. "I can tell by the way you walk."
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Old Today, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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More than a decade after retirement, I've still had people tell me I was in the military. "I can tell by the way you walk."

That walk never goes away. You walk standing tall and you swing your arms 12 to the front and six to the rear.
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