The Army Sgt. Who Never Was

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    The Army Sgt. Who Never Was

    This guy joined an Army reserve unit based on USMC service that he never had. Yep, he even got a security clearance. Someone in the Army has some serious splainin to do on this one.


    AP INVESTIGATION: Texas man faked way into Army - Yahoo! News

    Jesse Bernard Johnston III, 26, joined the Army Reserve in February as a sergeant and was assigned to the Corps Support Airplane Company based at the Fort Worth Naval Air Station. But he wasn't qualified to hold that rank, according to military records obtained by the AP. The records show that Johnston's only military experience was attending part of a 12-week Marine officer candidate course for college students in 2004.

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    Johnston should be PCSed directly to Fort Levenworth.
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    I always thought it odd that we hand carried our paperwork between duty stations. What I handed the admins when I showed up, was all that they had on me. I've heard of guys awarding themselves ribbons (you just buy them at the PX, etc..). Is it still done this way?
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    Johnston should be PCSed directly to Fort Levenworth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHEC724 View Post
    I always thought it odd that we hand carried our paperwork between duty stations. What I handed the admins when I showed up, was all that they had on me. I've heard of guys awarding themselves ribbons (you just buy them at the PX, etc..). Is it still done this way?
    + 1 on the "you carry" back when I was in USMC.

    Certainly not the way we handled it later in my civilian government jobs, much less anything that dealt w/ anything re: clearances.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHEC724 View Post
    I always thought it odd that we hand carried our paperwork between duty stations. What I handed the admins when I showed up, was all that they had on me. I've heard of guys awarding themselves ribbons (you just buy them at the PX, etc..). Is it still done this way?
    It's all digital now. We still hand carry some records, but all of it it centrally maintained in a digital file.
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    Looking at the picture with the article I'd think there will be charges coming under the "Stolen Valor" laws on the books now.
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    I do wonder how the Army never caught him, and if he just gave himself general service ribbons instead of a purple heart and bronze star if he cold have kept it up for years.

    And he is going to do jail time over the Stolen Valor laws.
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