From the Soldiers (and Cop) side, but mostly Soldier: If you are or were in the military for any period of time, (and less often in cop work) you may have run into or know a person like this guy. When ever you started talking about stuff you did, he could always top you. In some cases, you learned to tell when that person was making stuff up. As I got older and more experienced, I learned to try and laugh and some of these knuckelheads…and in some cases, they never knew we were on to their Bull Twinkies story.
I had one such goof in my team just before we did our Bosnia deployment….he had been in the US Navy on active duty some years before. He told us that he’d been a corpsmen (in the Army, we called them Combat Medics) in the Navy. Well, I had a lot of respect for “Docs” as we called all medics/corpsmen, for even in “normal” military training, they often kept us going when we got hurt. In war, they were even more important and a person we always tried to take care of.
Anyway….they former Navy guy started to tell me he’d been a Cropsmen in the Navy SEALS. Opps…that set off the BS meter into the RED zone. The reason I doubted him was because I’d seen him during training….he couldn’t shoot very well, his PT scores sucked and his first aid skills were lacking (I used to be an EMT many years ago). So I asked him: “if you were a SEAL, how come you don’t wear the SEAL Trident thingy on your BDUs? (that was in the days we wore BDUs.)
He said: “Well, I lost the Trident” But his story kept changing. So, I finally told him to stop telling stories about being a SEAL, unless he could prove it. He never could, so he changed National Guard units… to avoid people like me I guess.
One of our soldiers who went with us to Bosnia and Iraq came up with an expression for these folks….”I bet you were the door gunner on the space shuttle to.”
In police work, there used to be a lot more cops like this guy…but they seemed to have all retired or ….