I was attending training with a nonprofit a few years ago. One of the trainers claimed black belts in multiple martial arts ("I can beat all of you up", said the sexagenarian), multiple doctorates, multiple can't-discuss-them deployments (who asked?), and the grade of "retired O-6." There was a lot of self-praise during his presentation. He had a distinctive last name, so I did some quick due diligence before having a quiet one-on-one with him during break. He confirmed to me again that he was a "retired O-6". I produced my retired-not-O-6 ID and asked if he had one. What he produced was not a retiree ID. He doubled down until I asked him why the Congressional Record didn't show any record of the Senate confirming anyone of his last name to any military grade. He promptly shifted his story to being a civilian equivalent of an O-6. Right. Strangely, later digging indicated that the sources of his claimed doctorates were all unaccredited. P.S. He didn't offer to beat me up.