We have heard a lot about US Navy SEALs and how difficult it is to be one. Their acts of bravery and heroism have been widely known in the country, if not in the world. With such an impressive reputation, it is not unusual for some opportunists to take advantage of this by claiming to be part of the US Navy SEALs when they are not.
I am not really an expert on the inner works of the Navy SEALs, but I believe that outsiders (like me) can make use of certain clues to distinguish the real SEALs from mere actors.
I think the first thing that will give an impostor away is if he claims to be a SEAL without any memory of the BUD/S. Anyone who wishes to become a SEAL needs to undergo this tough training. It’s really simple – no BUD/S, no SEAL. As the training runs through a rough and rugged 6 months, it is highly unlikely that a real SEAL forgets about it. The training is far too intense to be forgettable.
On the other hand, someone who cannot stop talking about his achievements, his medals or his kill count (ugh, please stop!) cannot also be for real. You will never have to brag if there is nothing you have to prove. A real SEAL is secure with his status, and he would not feel any need to broadcast his accomplishments or to strut around wearing his uniform complete with medals, badges and all.
Yes, some people would really go through the entire act and pretend to be SEALs. Why would they not? SEALs are highly regarded in society. It may be understandable for a lot of people to show admiration and to wish that they were SEALs too, but it is totally unacceptable to falsely claim to be one.