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Falsely claiming you were a SEAL? Guy, that’s pretty easy to check out

The funny thing about falsely claiming to be a Navy SEAL is that it is so easy to check. If people just claimed to have been a cook in the Navy, or maybe an Army recruiting sergeant, they’d probably never be caught. But no! Linked story also has one of my favorite bylines, by the ...

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The funny thing about falsely claiming to be a Navy SEAL is that it is so easy to check. If people just claimed to have been a cook in the Navy, or maybe an Army recruiting sergeant, they'd probably never be caught. But no!

Linked story also has one of my favorite bylines, by the way.

PS: Two tips to WJC in Anchorage: Dude, if you're gonna claim to be in 10th Special Forces group, don't wear a black beret, and don't be grossly obese.

The funny thing about falsely claiming to be a Navy SEAL is that it is so easy to check. If people just claimed to have been a cook in the Navy, or maybe an Army recruiting sergeant, they’d probably never be caught. But no!

Linked story also has one of my favorite bylines, by the way.

PS: Two tips to WJC in Anchorage: Dude, if you’re gonna claim to be in 10th Special Forces group, don’t wear a black beret, and don’t be grossly obese.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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