A woman posing as a Colonel in the 28th Infantry Regiment attempted to scam recruiters for a loan at an Army recruiting station, claiming she had to get to Fort Jackson, SC.
The woman -who has not been officially identified- impersonated an officer, despite having no rank and being shod in pastel sneakers. Presenting her “documents”, the woman then explains that she is part of the 28th Infantry Regiment (which left Fort Jackson in 2005, sending the two battalions to Fort Riley and Germany, respectively).
The “Colonel” then asked if she could secure a loan or travel voucher, apparently in the dark about how military assistance programs work.
The recruiter explained that no services of that nature could be rendered at a recruiting station, which presumably prompted the woman (and her giant tote) to leave.
While impersonating a uniformed servicemember is protected under free speech, it is a crime to utilize said impersonation for financial gain, with the impersonation of an officer falling under civilian code 18 U.S.C. § 912 and Article 134 of the UCMJ.
The video was originally posted to Facebook by Jared Diggs and had close to 500k views at the time this article was written in 2016.
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