Military folks, please help verify/deny this...
So, I'm a big fan of the show Man v Wild. So, I sometimes frequent the forums for it on Disco. A tangential conversation came up in one of the threads when some kid said the following.
Some supposedly military folks jumped on him for this being impossible when he was so young. Links were posted back and forth, several of which made it seem to me (never been military) that what he was saying was possible, if unlikely. A numbers game ensued in which this kid's detractors attempted to say there was no way he could have completed all that and still be 17 even if he did start.
Originally Posted by Seemingly Nice Kid
Throughout all of this, this kid has answered every question directly and has even offered to provide whatever info the detractors may request in order to prove his claims. Much to my surprise, the detractors TURNED DOWN that offer! IMO, this kid is not acting like a fraud. I'd like to believe him. Unfortunately, I simply don't have enough military knowledge to know if what he is claiming is just unusual, or impossible.
Here's a few more posts where the kid attempts to explain himself. A link to the thread follows.
Originally Posted by Kid
Originally Posted by In response to being asked when and where he attended SERE
Originally Posted by in response to his timelines being questioned
Originally Posted by his offer to verify
Last edited by Matt W.; 5/19/2008 1:46pm at .
He is full of it for many reasons. Just one is that you don't go to "basic Green Beret Training" right after basic (and you wouldn't call it that if you did). They don't use "service numbers" anymore, just your SSN. "Basic training for the military takes six months always" is BS, it varies from service to service and the "basic" portion does not take six months (it was a mere six weeks when I was in the AF). The reason nobody wants to see his proof is that it's evident that not only is he lying, he's really bad at it. Poser.
Hmm. Too bad.
No disrespect to Vorpal, but can a few others chime in on this as well? After enough people respond, I'll post a link to this thread over at the disco forum.
After Basic training i'm pretty sure he'd have to go Airborne school. ALso i'm almost damn sure there is an age minimum which that kid doesn't meet.
Oh, LORD this kid is full of ****. The closest thing he could do is go in as an 18X, and even then when he got done with the training, supposing he DID get in at 17, he'd be something like 19 or 20 after he got done with the training.
Six MONTH basic training? WTF??? Three month SF training? OMGWTFBBQ?
Okay, I just got done reading that thread. Holy galloping dogshit, that's the worst poser I've ever seen. You'd think he'd at least try to get the course lengths straight...
Last time I checked, the 18X careers had a minimum age requirement of 20 to get in, unless he got a hell of a waiver he did not go to that school and get finished at 17.
Originally Posted by Carpe Noctem
Alright, I'm linking to this thread over there. I'll, of course, give the standard invite for the "kid" to come defend himself.
It always kills me when I see teenagers who want to be "Instructors" in the military.
First off, nearly all instructors need to at least be an NCO.
Depending on your branch and MOS, an NCO is usually E-4 (the Army is weird in that non Infantry folks become E-4 Specialists that aren't NCOs).
Of course, a Corporal (E-4) would rare (if ever) get the chance to be an instructor of ANYTHING, so you would typically need to be at least a Sergeant (E-5). Even then...you would need to be a phenomenal Sergeant with a list of accomplishments and decorations.
An instructor in anything would typically be a Staff NCO (E-6 in the USMC).
Now...keep in mind that the youngest Sergeant I've ever met received his rank after 4 years. That is pretty fucking good.
Meaning that 17 year old would need to be at least 21 before anyone would take him seriously as an instructor...and even then "Instructor" positions are so impacted that most slots are filled by Staff NCOs.
Pfft...a Private as an instructor. Give me a fucking break.
Stranger and stranger. Having been busted, this dude is now trying a tact that I have never come across before.
Originally Posted by some nutjob on the internet