posted on Sep, 29 2019 @ 05:18 AM
I served in the British army for nine years, Royal Military Police, but i always try and see another side to everything....including those who lie
about their service.
I've seen people who wanted so badly to get into the forces, but didn't for whatever reason, that's a hard one for some people to take. They may have
trained for ages, and thought about nothing else but joining their unit....with no other back up plan. I kind of feel sorry for people like that.
Then there are those who have their own difficulties, those who obviously have learning difficulties and the likes, whether mild or severe. It's like
a sort of role play, and they are happy in their little fake world. Not doing anyone any harm, just pretending to be who they look up to or always
wanted to be.
Then there are those that for whatever reason, just make up their service....now to me that's just a little bit sad. Unless they are doing any harm,
they are obviously doing it to either impress, or to feel part of something. I just let them get on with it. Sometimes the stories are so over the top
they even make me smile.
I know a couple of people who do this. Nothing major but they'll tell a few stories of their service, which i know don't add up, it would be
impossible to do the things they say in the short time they were in, but i just smile and let them live out there dream for that few seconds. It's not
hurting me, it's not hurting my mates, either the ones that survived or the ones that didn't.
The only time i frown upon stolen valour type scenarios, is when it comes to putting others at risk such as lying on a resume for employment. Most
employers nowadays have good vetting methods, but should someone slip through the net, stating for example that they've done tours in certain conflict
areas with a specific unit, then when they get that private security job, you find themselves filling their pants at the first hint of hostile
action.....that's when it gets dangerous.
Sad thing is, most ex forces know that being in the military isn't as glam as it's all cracked up to be. That's why i almost feel sorry for these
people rather than feel and show hate and wrath.
If i really felt that someone was out of order with what they were claiming, i'd probably have a quite word with them, i certainly wouldn't pull them
up in front of others, or film it on video.....that's just as much of a dickish move as the person pretending to be a soldier.
When someone films these acts and puts them on social media for all to see, don't they for one second stop to think what that can do to a persons
life? Social media as we all know is a hate filled place full of trolls and people who just generally love a witch hunt. They don't care about the
effect it has on others. Yes some people need speaking to, but not setting them up for bullying across the web...unless bullying is your thing of
Also, we have to remember, some military personnel like to think they are god-like and above the status of a civillian. The "I'm better than you"
mentality can also play a part in people getting on their high horse so much about people pretending to have served.
At the end of the day, if someone dons a uniform to play dress up or fakes a story to make themselves feel better....and does no harm with it, why get
crappy over it? It doesn't take away what you did. It doesn't take away what your colleagues did. It doesn't mean they are disrespecting what you did
during your service. You might think they are, but that's your problem. They are probably just wanting desperately to fit in.
This is where you see who was a good thinking soldier and who wasn't.