Captain in the Army

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I have been chatting with a captain in the Army stationed in Afhanistan. I am wondering how I could find out if he is legit or not. His name is Walter Peter Smith and is retiring next week and coming home to the USA. Please let me know at snowball5675@yahoo.com. I would greatly appreciate it very much as I don't want to get my heart broken if he isn't who he says he is. He has promised many different things to me like going to France for Christmas. He has not asked for any money yet. But, I am a little leary of him since he was writing from Asia. He is 54 years old and has been in the Army for 25 years. Could you please check him out and let me know asap? Thank you,

Sincerely,

Lorraine K. Curtiss

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It's very good to be cautious

It's very good to be cautious and suspicious about someone online, especially if they are promising you things that sound to good to be true.

You can do some of this on your own, though - find out what unit he is deployed with, and then get on Google and find out if they are really deployed, when they are coming back, etc. This won't be foolproof, however. If he is pretending, he will probably have done his homework on what unit he is "with", but once you find out his unit, then you can make some other inquiries later on.

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A CPT in the Army at 54 years

A CPT in the Army at 54 years old & 25 years time in service? I could be wrong but it sounds fishy to me. Too old & too many years in service to be that rank.

I always advise people to stay away from online romances. I have NEVER known them to turn out well. Money might not be the only thing he wants. There are a lot of predators on the internet as well as posers.

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Big obvious lies, but how much (if any) truth to his story

I agree that the age and TIS is excessive for a captain; I don't know how someone would be in service that long and not be an LTC or higher or drummed out for inability to get on promotional boards. Folks usually find their way from CPT to MAJ by the time their early 30's...not their early 50's. However, I've worked with enough former military government contractors that went to Iraq and Afghanistan and I've seen how they tend to gloss over their status as "former military" because of some fear that they are somehow less masculine or macho than their active duty counterparts.

Regardless, Loreli, it seems obvious to us that he's not being completely honest. The question now is how much truth he has shared and do you feel it worth your time to find out to what extent he's lied to you.

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Is it possible, Admin...

...that the Army still has some LDOs floating around but even so LDOs were allowed to reach the rank of LTC. What I'm not sure of is whether they are exempt from the up or out policy.

I agree with you about civilian contractors in war zones claiming a military connection. I'd think that the fact that they make so much more money than a Soldier does would be worth bragging about more. My son was offered a job in security, something like Blackwater, & when he was in a combat area he'd get $10K a month + expenses for a 6 month renewable contract & he could leave anytime he wanted to after a month. It's an open offer from a former 75th Ranger officer who he served with, now retired. Why doesn't someone offer me a job like that? I'd jump on it, lol.

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Try contacting him through his Army e-mail address

U.S. Army e-mail addresses are in the format:

firstname.lastname@us.army.mil

or

firstname.middleinitial.lastname@us.army.mil

You may want to try sending him a message to his Army address and see if he is real.