Ranger And SF Phony James Ingram, Busted At His Place Of Business, Brave Tactical Outfitters

James Ingram

James Ingram

Some of you emailed us about this guy, and as you know we are so backlogged, it takes time to get to each case, but Our friends over at thisainthell busted him out today. Meet fake Ranger/SF, James Ingram. Ingram used his phony status to gain customers for his business, Brave Tactical.

Not only does he sport a Ranger and SF tab on his uniform, but he also has a tattoo of a Ranger tab. He is also sporting a CIB, Pathfinder, Air Assault and what possibly looks like the Army Scuba Badge, although I can’t be sure about that one due to picture quality.

A real Ranger spotted the faker on the  U.S. Army Ranger Association (USARA) Facebook page, and decided since he lived close by, he would confront him. The following is from an affidavit against Mr. Ingram, we have a copy of this sent to us from the person who wrote it.

On or about 23 DEC 2012 it had been brought to my attention via the U.S. Army Ranger Association (USARA) Facebook page that there was another imposter at work. Lately, we have discovered about 2-3/week across the country. James Ingram came to my attention because he was close by and I’d been in Blue Ridge just a few days prior visiting clients (Dermatologists) and prospecting.

 

On 24 December I had some spare time and decided to drive to Blue Ridge to visit Ingram’s place of business and confront him about claiming to be a Ranger. His business was closed. So, I contacted some acquaintances that I know in the local law enforcement community.

 

They knew of Ingram and one even had his cell phone number. They called him immediately on my behalf and had him call me. Ingram agreed to meet with me at the local McDonald’s; a public place chosen because it would be mutual ground.

 

When he arrived, he was obviously distraught. He asked that we move to his place of business for this meeting. He had some anticipation about what was about to occur and I think he didn’t want to be embarrassed in the McDonald’s.

 

I followed him to his place of business. I was not threatening in any way and don’t fear others, typically. So, the venue didn’t matter much. I’m a leader and can get what I want by peaceful negotiations in almost any situation.

 

I was wearing a Ranger sweatshirt commonly issued to Ranger instructors. It’s black and has a very large Ranger tab across the front.

 

Not much was said initially when we arrived at his business. We met in the studio next to the store. A table was already out and he placed two chairs on either side of it. I sat down and he started talking. I listened intently.

 

He began a very long diatribe about his childhood, his personal life, his professional life, etc. He shared with me some documents that documented some of the military training he’d completed.

 

None of them were a Ranger certificate or an SF Q-course graduation certificate. His speech lasted almost 10 minutes uninterrupted. The latter half of it was a very long, tearful, sobbing apology for pretending to be a Special Forces soldier/veteran. It ended with something like, “Well, what do you want me to do? What do you want from me? How can I make this right?”

 

I was embarrassed for him. My response was very direct. I recommended that he stop lying to people about being in the Special Forces. I recommended that he publicly apologize and try to right things with the Special Forces community. I also told him, “I didn’t come here to find out if you were ever in the Special Forces.

 

I’m a Ranger. I want to see a Ranger School Graduation Certificate or a DD-214 stating that you completed Ranger School.”

 

His response was, “Well, I don’t have it. It’s not here. It’s at home.”

 

I stood up and said, “Well, let’s go” and moved towards the door with the intent of getting in my car and following him to his house to see this documentation.

 

He immediately broke down again with another tearful, sobbing diatribe about not being a Ranger, either. He was pathetic and I thought helping him with his problems would be the best way to handle this. I started counseling him at that point. He wasn’t the first imposter and he certainly won’t be the last. He was a human being.

 

There was nothing I could do to him or his business legally. Assaulting him right then and there wasn’t going to be productive and I didn’t want to have bloodied knuckles over Christmas. His behavior was despicable, but it wasn’t illegal and it was Christmas, after all. I fought for his right to lie, even, when I swore to defend the 1st Amendment and the rest of our Constitution.

 

He said he’d come clean. He said he’d tell his business associates and the public the truth. He then started flattering me and trying to build some friendly relationship when he realized that I wasn’t going to deliver the violent beat down he probably thought he deserved.

 

He gave me a tour of his store. He had a bunch of framed photos hanging of some operators in various training scenarios. I asked him if he knew them. He didn’t. It was conspicuous to me that none of their faces were visible. They looked like some images I’d seen on the Internet.

 

I think he hung them there as an insinuation to his patrons that they might be pictures of him. I imagined how many times he’d pointed at the pictures and told people they were images of him at work in his military career.

 

It was becoming very apparent to me that I shouldn’t believe a single word that came from this guy’s mouth. I even wondered if his name was James Ingram and if we were on somebody else’s property.

 

I didn’t speak much the whole time I was there. Ingram did most of the talking. How was I supposed to have a conversation with a guy that seems to make up everything he says?

 

On the way out, I bought a battle-axe he had displayed in his case. It was a gesture of good will. Plus, good, sharp battle-axes are always good to have around in case one runs out of ammunition or needs to be quiet while conducting an assault. This particular battle-axe was one of the best I’d ever seen. Merry Christmas, self.

 

When I got home I updated the other Rangers on the Facebook page. Some of them were also updating their friends on the SF page. I told them about our confrontation and that we need to give Ingram a chance to rectify this situation on his own.

 

Some of them wanted immediate justice of some kind and had no answer to the questions, “What law is he breaking? What do you think the police are going to do about it?”

We waited. We checked his web page and the picture and the claims disappeared. It was looking like he might have learned a lesson.

 

(Name Redacted) got my contact information from Facebook or somewhere via a mutual contact or something. He called me and we met a few days later in Ellijay. He said he wanted to take the Ingram to court. He had a legitimate claim and I recommended that he take him to court, but I wondered openly what he thought he might gain from such an effort. (Redacted) asked me to testify if and when he got a court date. I said I would, if I could.

 

As the Junior Vice Commander of my VFW Post 12002, I get frequent updates on legislation affecting veterans. The Stolen Valor Act had been shot down by the Supreme Court on the grounds that it violated the 1st Amendment. I concur.

 

Another version had been introduced and was signed into law. It specifically listed claims that were in violation of that law. Claiming to be a Ranger or a Special Forces troop was NOT enumerated on that list. It’s very coincidental that the day after President Barrack Hussein Obama signed that into law is the day that I got a call from Jamie Ritchie stating that James Ingram was back to his old ways and that Jamie had left the business. Barrack Hussein Obama gave James Ingram the green light, it seemed, and he’d relapsed. Let’s bring the heat.

 

I notified the Rangers who notified the SF community. I happened to be at Fort Benning when Jamie Ritchie called. So, I drove over the Ranger Training Brigade HQ and met with the S-1 in charge of validating graduates’ claims and invalidating those of imposters. They have a vault there containing files with the names of every soldier that has ever attended Ranger School and every Ranger that has ever graduated. James Ingram was not one of them, but we knew that already.

 

I shared the points of contact (POC’s) for the Ranger in charge of looking up all those claims with Jamie Ritchie. Jamie notified the local media.

 

Coincidentally, James Ingram called the next night pleading pathetically with me, again. I told him that I don’t care so much about him that I’m concerned about what is going on with Brave Tactical, his business, which is founded on false premises. I told him I didn’t believe a word he said. I told him he needed to be true to James Ingram before anybody is ever going to start to believe anything he said. The call lasted over 40 minutes.

 

During that call he’d admitted to having a Ranger tab tattooed on his arm. He said he’d get it covered up and come clean about everything, again. I don’t believe anything he says. He also told me about getting marriage counseling and seeing a psychologist for his condition(s). One of the conditions he’d admitted to was being a compulsive liar. He told me it stemmed from being a neglected orphan living on the street as a kid or something. The tales never stop coming out of his mouth.

 

It is of my opinion that James Ingram is a compulsive liar and can’t even help himself. I hold so little regard for the profession of psychology that I will argue that I am as qualified to make that claim as anybody is. James Ingram is a compulsive liar and I’m proud to say that I have no certificate hanging on my wall that says I wasted several years and tens of thousands of dollars to be able to say that. He’s a compulsive liar. Does anybody need a degree to realize that?

 

As you can see, soon after Ingram pleaded with the Ranger to not “out” him, he went back to his old ways. So Ingram wants to claim accolades he never earned, and falsely promote his business with the false claims, we will make it known that he is falsely promoting himself and his business.

This is something Mr. Ingram posted on his business Facebook page before he deleted it and continued on with his lies.

“I have to stop the charade and let you folks know the truth. I am not really an Ranger or a Special Forces solider. With regret I did not tell the truth about my military back ground.I wanted to be more then I was. I was not in special operations. I was an 11 bravo papa Airborne Infantryman. A few steps down from the elite. I’m sorry very sorry. These man have sacrificed all and deserve the up most respect from all. I’m glad to finally get this off my chest. I would like to thank Mr. ***** Mr. ***** and Mr.**** for counselling me on this issue. Sorry to the 10th group and to all rangers. When your the best we all want to be like you guys. I’m very sorry I apologize.”

Several 10th group and Rangers emailed us about this guy as well, we have copies of the messages back and forth where they asked him to verify his status, to which of course he never complied.

We have yet to verify his status as an 11 Bravo, but as soon as we know we will post it here.

NOTE: Ingram is Co-Owner of this company, the other Owner is a verified Marine, the SOF guys have seen his 214.

 

UPDATE:20130722 As of today, when you visit the website for Brave Tactical, you get the following message:

JAMES INGRAM HAS RESIGNED AS PRESIDENT OF

BRAVE TACTICAL, LLC.

 

BRAVE TACTICAL WILL BE CLOSING IT’S DOORS

TUES. JULY 23, 2013

 

THANKS TO THE PATRONS OF BLUE RIDGE FOR THEIR SUPPORT

 

 

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84 comments on “Ranger And SF Phony James Ingram, Busted At His Place Of Business, Brave Tactical Outfitters
        • he lied and he has to live with this lie and the thought others know. with that being said, i really hope you did not mean this! what you said was sick and stupid and most of all since less!

          • Yes, he has to live with that lie. However, he has no problem with it. He will relocate and start the story all over again. That’s what the majority of compulsive liars do. They’re not willing to accept the fact that they lied AND move past it. They will accept the fact that they lied and use more lies to cover it up. They are shame driven, but not shame affected. So, needless to say, this asshat can certainly eat dead rats in a dumpster.

          • people lie about this stuff all the time, But honesty it takes real scumbag to lie about this stuff. but everyone wants to be a ranger in the army, my BCT was right down the road from Camp Rogers but as i said people will lie.

    • Can I be an Space Marines Recon with orbital jump wings?
      Also, I would like Time Traveller Wings, so I can go back in time and get a Ranger tab in WW2 when it was unit issued. Or so my Space Marine battlebudies told me.

  1. The Stolen Valor Act had been shot down by the Supreme Court on the grounds that it violated the 1st Amendment. I concur….Why…SCOTUS is saying its ok to lie?

    • No they said the law was too broad. Yes, your first amendment right says if I want to walk into a bar and claim to be SF that is my right. The rewritten Stolen Valor Act makes it punishable to Profit or attain positions etc.. by lying about your military background. If not for that writing you could charge a Joe talking himself up in a bar.

      • So, it means that our poser is in violation of the Stolen Valor Act because he is profiting financially from his claim to be what he is not. Quote chapter and verse, turn him in. Let his legitimate Marine partner run the business. Done.

  2. His business website says “Located In Blue Ridge Georgia, Brave Tactical Outfitters is a Marine Corp Veteran owned company.” The USMC doesn’t have 11B (P)! There infantry is like 003 or something like that, and other than Force Recon, I don’t think any USMC infantryman is airborne qualified.
    He certainly is a poser and should be outed.

    • Actually, it totally does. You can lie your ass off, all day every day in this country and it’s perfectly legal so long as it’s not Hate Speech and you don’t get any benefits from it.

  3. Keep up the good work there at stolen valor. Fortunately here in Canada we have laws that prevent people from making false claims so it really limits the amount of bs. It also helps that our military is tiny compared to the US”s so we have a very tight knit military community.

  4. CIB is on the list of Awards and badges that fall under the Stolen valor umbrella… here is a copy paste.. take his ass to court…

    Stolen Valor Act of 2013 – Amends the federal criminal code to rewrite provisions relating to fraudulent claims about military service to subject to a fine, imprisonment for not more than one year, or both an individual who, with intent to obtain money, property, or other tangible benefit, fraudulently holds himself or herself out to be a recipient of:

    a Congressional Medal of Honor,
    a distinguished-service cross,
    a Navy cross,
    an Air Force cross,
    a silver star,
    a Purple Heart,
    a Combat Infantryman’s Badge,
    a Combat Action Badge,
    a Combat Medical Badge,
    a Combat Action Ribbon,
    a Combat Action Medal, or
    any replacement or duplicate medal for such medal as authorized by law.

  5. I don’t understand two things about this nonsense. 1) Why the would anybody want to brag about being in something they are not even remotely a part of? 2) Why does being in the service invariably digress into a pissing contest about who has seen more action than whom? I served in the US Navy… But Nobody gives a crap about that, cause apparently, folks are bored with the notion that I didn’t have to kill anybody or blow up an enemy sub during my time in service. As for the knucklehead that posed as a ranger, You guys are kinder than I would have been. Simply put, that guy was a con artist and he played the sympathy card… Talk about your crocodile tears…That guy takes the cake. He;’ll be back, probably telling folks he retired as a double agent from interpol…sheesh! They are everywhere. As a matter of policy, if you decide to hunt these turds down, make it a point to get them into a prison, where they belong… They are defacing the real veterans, to be sure..but the bigger crime is that they are conning folks out money and business opportunities.

    • To answer your questions: 1) Personal feelings of inadequacy. Feels that they have to lie to make themselves marketable. Wants to fit into a group. If they did serve, feel left out of conversations with combat vets. They are a flaming douche bag. They are a narcissist and have to be the center of attention at all times. Easier to receive praise from promoting lies and bullshit as opposed to actually going out and doing it for real. Too afraid to fail when going for something so lying about it is much easier option. <- Choose any of the above, and probably much more.

      2) Highly competitive environment and people. Is annoying at times but is also what makes people go out and bust their asses to improve themselves. Everyone wants to be the King of the Hill. Of course, for some, they are unwilling to admit that there may be someone out there who is better than them at something.

      As far as not sinking any subs, ask them when was the last time that we were in a battle where the enemy had submarines let alone any realistic naval assets. Then smack them upside the head a few times for being stupid.

  6. Sounds like the guy who wrote the letter was blessed by God with Common Sense and the ability to see thru a Liars facade. Outstanding! Everyone called me crazy when I told them that all I heard from Obama, in 2008, was BS and lies, but now look at the mess we are in! Thank you Lord for Blessing us with intelligence!

  7. If he is actually an 11Bravo, why not just use that as his experience? Are people not going to buy “Battle Axes” and stuff from him, if he isn’t Ranger tabbed? Silly nonsense, all very unnecessary..

    • You can’t get him for perjury, he hasnt been charged or lied in a court of law. I am proud to have served in U.S. Army. I was a wrench MOS 63 Y, they dont even have that MOS anymore. Funny thing is people dont actually belive me when i tell them that I DID NOT see action. If you are or were active duty military it is not hard to spot the pogues, liars and scum fakers . It is a shame some one lies to gain honor. He has lost any honor he ever had. Be proud you served. Thanks to all my brothers and sisters hoooah.

  8. I just visited their website and was greeted with this:

    JAMES INGRAM HAS RESIGNED AS PRESIDENT OF BRAVE TACTICAL, LLC.

    BRAVE TACTICAL WILL BE CLOSING IT’S DOORS TUES. JULY 23, 2013

    THANKS TO THE PATRONS OF BLUE RIDGE FOR THEIR SUPPORT

    THANK YOU!

  9. LoL! Anyone else notice the slight turn of his body to the right? I presume that’s so the camera gets a GOOD shot of his triple canopy! As if the words weren’t even visible we wouldn’t know what those tabs meant! It even looks like he rolled his sleeves forward for even BETTER visibility! LoL!!!

  10. Because this flaming douche had to lie and build his business on bullshit there are people possibly losing their jobs. So not only has he pissed off veterans, he has screwed over employees and I wonder also about all of his customers who feel duped as well. Hopefully his partner, who really did serve and didn’t offer up a bunch of lies, will reopen and those employees can get their jobs back.

    He should be publicly flogged. Dumbass.

  11. I remember Jump school in 12/65 at Ft. Benning…week-end pass and some of the people would put on wings after they got to town…I would never do it because I felt like it would cheapen/spoil the moment I would get my earned wings from the black shirt at jump school…
    Being a veteran of any branch or MOS is nothing to be ashamed of. You don’t need to embellish, and lie about who you are or what you did…
    But like most guys, I’d like to see them with their ass kicked up around their shoulders…

  12. In order to get a LLC you must FILE within that STATE. Did anyone consider looking into this first? I give kudos to the gentleman who questioned Mr. Ingrams’ tactics and how he always “skirted” around the questions.

  13. Its a pity the stolen valor act was shot down on grounds stating it is a violation of the first amendment. But in all honesty if you review the first amendment it actually is. No one is saying its ok to lie, and like this person here, eventually they will bump into someone who is real and be exposed. Truth is we have a right to say whatever we want to say whenever we want to say it. Its a sad and unfortunate truth but its something we just have to deal with as a community. Job well done to the Ranger who exposed this.

  14. I’ve never been in the forces, not strong enough in mind or body, However I do have the utmost respect for those that serve at any level some friends that have served, but complete awe towards the elite forces.
    Somebody that pretends to be an elite soldier deserves to be named and shamed, it is despicable to try and cloak yourself in their glory and sacrifice.

  15. I am a retired 25 year Army Officer. I hate that stupid law that allows liars and cheats to dishonor our warriors. This liar can kiss my patriotic ass.

  16. I did 8 years in the USAF and am proud that I served my country. I wish that the Government would come up with a law to prosecute these liars. They’re seeking respect for something they weren’t strong enough to earn. I think it should be a felony for acts of this sort. We know it won’t happen as long as we have the President we do. LHR to all those that served and may lives path get easier for you and your families.

  17. I feel bad, not for the phony, but for his verified Marine owner of the business. I too looked at the site and that resignation and closing notice is all that is there. All other links – their store or training – has been removed completely. Through his lies it would seem he has cost an otherwise fine veteran his business. And that is the greatest tragedy of all.

    My hope is the this verified Marine can survive this and be able to open a new business….this time with someone who is NOT a liar and a fraud.

    I don’t get the lying. If you served, be proud of that service no matter what you did. If you were a cook, say so because the Army (military) can’t fight on empty stomachs. Mechanics….well that can’t get there if the tanks/planes/ships don’t run. Not everyone will be on the front lines but those who are can’t get there without support; this has been true throughout time. This last part was just the ramblings of an old (former) Army M.P. And, no, I am not a combat veteran, war hero, airborne, super soldier. Just a veteran and damn proud of that fact.

        • Ok dipshit, let’s break this down Barney style for you. This was not a story about politics. There was no political parties mentioned. Had nothing to do with the current political situation in this nation. It simply had to do with a fucking asslicking poser who built a business on a lie, and profited from that lie. Yet you could not separate that from your partisan political beliefs and had to interject that bullshit into this discussion. Not only that, you had to make it about one party. It would have been one thing if you would have just said that he should run for political office, thus showing that pretty much all politicians are liars, yet you chose to use a partisan argument. Perhaps you wanted to steer this discussion away from the poser and into some finger pointing political argument that will solve nothing in the end or perhaps you are nothing but a useless troll, either way, take that shit somewhere else, asshole.

          And, on the topic of credibility, why don’t we look at Democrats like Marion “I like to smoke crack and do cocaine with prostitutes” Barry, Bob “Chester the Molester” Filner, Anthony “Carlos Danger” Weiner, Eliot “I prosecute those who use or participate in prostitution while hiring my own prostitutes as Client #9” Spitzer, Hillary “Sniper Fire” Clinton, Joe “Two Blasts in the Air” Biden, Al “Oil companies are bad unless they are paying me $100,000,000 for my shitty cable network” Gore, Harry “I like to use the Filibuster against my opponents but want to be shielded from the use of the Filibuster against me” Reid, etc.

          This list can go on and on because both parties have their liars, cheats, hypocrites, etc. Quit being such a blind partisan sheep.

  18. If Ingram was a Ranger, maybe he would of learned Roger’s 4th standing order- Tell the truth about what you see and what you do. There is an army depending on us for correct information. You can lie all you please when you tell other folks about the Rangers, but don’t never lie to a Ranger or officer.

  19. Seems to me that these days every soldier, sailor, or Marine I meet was either a sniper, Seal, Special Forces, Ranger, Delta, or Force Recon. Good God, how do we survive with no supply types, admin types, cooks, mechanics, etc? Sure is a different military than I did my 23 years (USMC) in. I was an intel weenie and proud of it. I admire the hell out of the Special Ops types, but I was never one of them, and apprently I’m one of a very few that wasn’t. Phonies like this mutt should be outed to the public and then jailed for impersonating the real heroes. Just my humble opinion.

    IntelGunny out.

  20. Well said, Gunny! I was Army and a Pershing Missle Crewman, which no longer exist. If you don’t know, the Pershing was the largest Nuclear Missle the Army had, the Big Green Weenie! I am proud to say I was part of a unit that no longer exists. I put in three 1049’s (Request for Transfer) because I joined to go to Nam, but being only 17, I had to have mama’s signature and she wasn’t going to sign until the recruiter (and we all know how full of crap recruiters are) told her he could put me in Pershing and it was only at Ft Sill, OK, an hour from my house, or Germany and that since I was only 17, I would spend my entire 3 years at Ft Sill, so she signed. Ft Polk for Basic, Ft Sill for AIT, then straight to Germany for the entire 3 years, lol! Loved every minute of it though. Met a Lady, still my Lady but now got 4 daughters and 10 grandkids, so it didn’t turn out to shappy. If I had gone to Nam like I wanted, I most likely would have come back in a body bag.

  21. After doing my time in the Army I really dont understand why anyone would want to make claims about this stuff. The sad part of all of this is that we all served our country and have been part of the most outstanding military that has ever been on this earth. Most members of the military did there duty for there love of this great country and our freedoms. Just being in the miltary regardless of what you did is the most honorable and selfless thing anyone could do.

  22. I personally do not belittle or talk down to, much less about, any man or woman in any branch of the armed forces. I signed up to be a truck driver (88M) in 2004. Little did I know that 4 days before my 18th birthday (yes my mother signed for me to join) I’d be on the way to Baqubah Iraq for the longest, hottest, nastiest, foulest, most dangerous….. AND GREATEST, MOST HONORABLE 18 months of my entire life (thus far, I’m only 26). Again I was just a truck driver, but I can tell you this. That MOS is the soul reason for my love of all service members. I saw my fair share of smoke plumes, shrapnel, and dirty hajis & I loved every second of it. This man is a liar and a fake. He has shut down his business in fear and shame. That alone tells me he never stepped foot into a recruiters station and he damn sure didn’t serve in this countries military. Any real soldier would never run in the face of adversity, he would stand his ground and fight. That being said thank you to the guys that outed this bastard and Thank you all for serving The U.S.A and her people. As for 10th group I had the pleasure of working along side alot of you guys in Iraq and I can honestly say the SF guys are some of the smartest and kindest people I’ve ever met and I live in Mississippi (The Hospitality State). When I was attached to the SF guys to run there AHA (Ammo Holding Area) I was a full blown pogue but everyday I wanted to be outside that wire, sweating & doing anything I could for OUR country. This man has done a very stupid and irresponsible thing and he deserved his ass chewing. I say we give him a liars badge and let him wear that on his chest. After all we should all get acknowledgment for the things we EARN. Any thoughts or anyone else serve @ FOB Warhorse with 4ID 05-06?

    • How did you wind up going OCONUS for a combat tour before you turned 18? Mobilized NG and Reserve soldiers have their birth dates verified multiple time during SRC processing, just to ensure that no 17 year old goes downrange. I can’t say for certain the same goes for RA soldiers, as I have never been involved in the admin side of getting them ready to deploy, but I would be surprised if there are different standards for the components. Also, how did you manage to complete BCT and 88M AIT before you turned 18 and graduate high school all in the same year?

      Not trying to be a douche, but your statement really confuses me.

      • I was thinking the same thing. I graduated basic training from Ft. Leonardwood January 19th 2007, reported to Ft. Carson January 20th, and was on a plane headed for Iraq March 6th of the same year (I’m 99% sure that was the date). I turned 19 in Basic. But when I got to Carson I was placed in IRT. In this IRT was a 17 year-old. If I remember correctly, he enlisted to do the battle buddy thing with a friend he knew since forever (it was a long time ago details are fuzzy). Anyways, I remember him being pissed because he signed up for that option where you and a battle buddy are guaranteed your first unit will be together. Since he was only 17, he had to wait behind to turn 18 while his friend deployed without him. I think his friend was 18 at the time. If I remember correctly, he was especially pissed because one of the flights would have him turning 18 either on the flight over, or right as they hit Kuwait. But if I remember correctly, Kuwait was still considered “Combat,” so he had to wait an additional 3 months or some shit like that.

        I’m pretty sure he made it over there eventually if I remember correctly, and to the same unit his battle buddy was in, I think we only had like 5 months left by the time he got there, though. I know EVERY TIME I go through SRP (or maybe it’s SRC in your writing) one of the FIRST things they ask, so long as the reason for SRPing is an upcoming combat deployment, they ask if you are 17 or younger. Not sure if under 17 is common but whatever. lol. I remember being told that it is ILLEGAL to have a 17 year-old deploy to combat but I can’t remember who told me that. To be honest, it seems like the original poster heard you have to have your mother sign a paper if you wanna join at 17 but didn’t know that you still couldn’t deploy.

        Also, I remember wanting to be a soldier forever. Getting into trouble halted the process, but I remember being like 15 or 16 and talking to a recruiter about wanting to join when I was 17. If I remember correctly, to join at the age of 17 you have to have BOTH parents sign the paper. I remember this so vividly because I had only seen my biological father once in my life and he had NO legal say in anything in my life. Not to mention he had died when I was 14. However, according to this recruiter, (he could have been lying just to stop talking to me since he never thought I would be allowed in due to my record) I would have to produce a death certificate to prove he was incapable, but had he been alive, he too would have to sign off on it.

        Something about this original post doesn’t sit right. It would be ironic to come on a stolen valor site and lie about your own service. Just to verify me, the unit I went to once I got in country (the unit before was just the IRT company for 2 ID I believe, the 1SG was a SSG at the time) was A Co. 2BSTB 2-2, stationed on FOB Loyalty, Baghdad. I have remained in the company my entire fucking career but it re-flagged over to an almost identical unit a few years back and now we’re A Co. 4BSTB 4-4. But anyways, I believe this guy lied. Actually, I’ll say he misspoke just giving him the benefit of the doubt.

  23. I told myself that I was former SF/Ranger, but then I grew suspicious and decided to check it out for myself. I had my name ran in both databases, and low and behold, my name wasn’t on either. With this info. I confronted myself and challenged my claims. Finally, after hours of interrogation, I broke. “HA! Try that silly shit again!” I boasted to myself triumphantly. Outed and ashamed, I quickly changed my FB, Twitter, Pinterest, CafeMom, & Tumblr profiles before it got any worse.

    Jesus, when are these posers gonna learn? If you served in any capacity, then be proud of that. We did what so many others were either incapable of or unwilling to do. We should be proud of our courage just to serve.

    If you didn’t, what’s the big deal? You made a choice to pursue other ventures, okay, be happy with that. NO veteran should chastise anyone who didn’t serve-and usually we don’t-so don’t feel so ashamed that you feel compelled to lie.

    I guess what I’m trying to figure out is: Why now? What is it about now that’s inspiring people to lie about their service? Ever since discovering this site, and Don Shipley’s [retired SEAL who outs SEAL phonies] it’s been almost non-stop, when not all that long ago, this was unheard of.

    Anyone got any ideas? I sure like to hear them.

  24. Wow. To use it as a means of attracting business and making money off of it makes it a dirty shame. Lots of folks fudge their resumes but this incident lacks honor. It’s become so frequent. I’m glad there are guys willing to go the extra mile to make it right.

  25. I spent three years in a Texas Guard Unit after returning from overseas units, where I served as a scout and FO. The Texas unit was an Airborne Ranger LRRP Guard unit, so it has the triple crown threat of most fakers sewn right on the unit patch. The state never had enough money back then to send me or any guys coming in without wings or tabs to Airborne or Ranger school, even with my file folder full of recommendations. Still, I never mention the unit without a non punctuated confession right after, that I was never winged or tabbed. Don’t wear any old utilities jackets with the unit patch since it has Airborne/Ranger/LRRP embroidered right on it. Never heard of an LRRP school, so I guess the three years of service with a LRRP unit clears me on that one.

    The best guy I ever saw fool me was a guy who said he had been attached on intra services training to a unit I had been in overseas. Knew all the terminology, the unit I had been with, our mission. He even knew some of the guys names and I never questioned him. He was supposed to be a Belgian Special Forces Officer, then immigrated to U.S. and became a DEA agent. Had no reason to disbelieve him. He had commissioned me to make some gear for him and we started hanging out. Ended up rappelling off buildings together in downtown Houston at night, driving with him in his car at breakneck speeds while he flashed a badge to any of the cops stopping us.

    Shooting machine guns inside the city and on and on. Much of which I will remain mum on forever more now(“You sure we can do this?”-“Absolutely, I am DEA”). It was kind of fun until the FBI showed up. He had never been a special forces soldier, never a DEA agent, fake badge, fake military, he had stolen a bunch of letter head from the Belgian Consulate and was trying to get freebies from folks with it, the machine guns were not his, it was a freaking nightmare. Read my army pics on the wall and my army photo book when I was in the bathroom for names from my old unit. But since I had never misrepresented myself or done anything really intentionally illegal,( had no idea the weapons I was shooting were illegal), none of it touched me thank goodness.

    FBI guys said this was not an uncommon thing. He plead out, served some county time.

  26. As I read the stories on this website it amazes me the lengths these imposters go to live out their fantasies. Tatooing a ranger tab on his arm? Really? I went to Ranger school 24 years ago and it is still one of the most difficult things I have done in life including combat. To have someone fake it, well it makes me nauseous. I am just glad that there are organizations working hard to out these imposters.
    Barry W. Groton, Ranger Class 8-89.

  27. Why would it bother you to the point of bothering someone. Who cares I mean it’s obvious he has problems, my advice is leave the mentally ill alone

  28. I think he thinks he is just as much of a ranger as anyone. Did yal hit it off?
    Yal could of been good friends you never know. I can say he is not spitting in your face for serving your country! So what’s the deal?

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