Fake QGM ?

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I work with a guy that even after being out of the mob for 20 years is still pretty Army Barmy. He signs all his letters with his name and then QGM. His business card and the name plaque on his office door also bear the letters QGM. I always thought he was a top bullsh1tter to be honest so I thought I would check him out. I checked on the London Gazette which I thought listed all military medals that have been given out and he isnt on there. Any ideas how I could check out if any of his stories of daring-do are true or if indeed he is actually some military fantasist who did 3 years in the Stores, or even worse, failed basic training.
 
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I work with a guy that even after being out of the mob for 20 years is still pretty Army Barmy. He signs all his letters with his name and then QGM. His business card and the name plaque on his office door also bear the letters QGM. I always thought he was a top bullsh1tter to be honest so I thought I would check him out. I checked on the London Gazette which I thought listed all military medals that have been given out and he isnt on there. Any ideas how I could check out if any of his stories of daring-do are true or if indeed he is actually some military fantasist who did 3 years in the Stores, or even worse, failed basic training.
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I spent the time writing some erudite reply, but seriously no one gives a shit. It could stand for anything and the world will keep on turning.
 
#4
Well, it stands for Queen's Gallantry Medal. I am sure other people who have genuinely won one would give a shit ! I don't really like working with a top billy bullshitter to be honest. Always going on about his time in NI and Iraq.
 
#5
Get after him ! I've got five of the fuckers and I'm outraged !!
 
#7
Me me me, I care even less than you, see how much I don't care. Mmmm

I think the OP makes a good point; I would tend to jump on the 'I don't care' bandwagon, if it was a poxy Jubbly medal or somesuch. But it ain't.

People died winning QGM's, so yes I do care.
 
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Thanks Piscator. Yes I did try there. He isn't on it. His story is that he was 'special forces' shot a load of IRA, went to Iraq, was captured and tortured blah blah blah and somewhere along the line won the QGM which entitles you to use those initials after your name. That's kinda like me buying a gong off eBay and calling myself Sir 249.
It's not right.
I did my time in the mob. I know what I did and didn't do. I just don't want to work with a fraudster!
 
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Thanks Piscator. Yes I did try there. He isn't on it. His story is that he was 'special forces' shot a load of IRA, went to Iraq, was captured and tortured blah blah blah and somewhere along the line won the QGM which entitles you to use those initials after your name. That's kinda like me buying a gong off eBay and calling myself Sir 249.
It's not right.
I did my time in the mob. I know what I did and didn't do. I just don't want to work with a fraudster!

Feign wide eyed school boy like interest and ask him to show you his citation which specifically qualified him for the award. If he has the letters QGM plastered all over as you say then he is either genuine or belongs in the Arrsepedia walts hall of fame.
 
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Thanks Piscator. Yes I did try there. He isn't on it. His story is that he was 'special forces' shot a load of IRA, went to Iraq, was captured and tortured blah blah blah and somewhere along the line won the QGM which entitles you to use those initials after your name. That's kinda like me buying a gong off eBay and calling myself Sir 249.
It's not right.
I did my time in the mob. I know what I did and didn't do. I just don't want to work with a fraudster!
OK so assuming you gather enough evidence to "out" the guy - then what?
 
#19
Did you spot his name. mind you could be a miss spelling of QGJM easily done
I know of somebody who likes to use the post-nominals CFM, QGJM. ATC officer, no less.

I wouldn't describe him as a friend so I haven't put him straight. :)
 

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OK - serious answer. If he worked in a large company in a senior position and was not entitled to the award there would be concern. The reasoning behind that is if the guy is making false claims about past events, how trustworthy would he be in other matters? The more senior the individual, the greater the level of concern.

In the multinational that I work for, I have to take a business ethics course every 2 years. I also get a reminder every 6 months that I need to comply with the company's standards. I have little doubt that were I to report someone falsely claiming a medal in my company, HR would get involved. If he were shown not to have the award, I think he would be advised a career change was in order...

Senior managers have access to very sensitive information - someone making false claims about their past would no longer be trusted with that information.

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