I was at a work dinner recently (leave pass signed by wife and daughter) and, after much red wine, I found myself talking to two colleagues. One of them was considering joining the TA (and would do quite well IMHO) and the other claimed to have served 18 months with a Parachute Regiment TA battalion. I had my suspicions though: He claimed to have been working towards the "Red Beret"; He couldn't name any barracks or training areas; The only weapon he was familiar with was the cadet rifle; He never had an Service number; He was never paid for any of his weekends or drill nights. So, what to do? Accuse him directly and risk workplace friction, or accept his walt stories? During a toilet break by the self-confessed weekend parachutist, I briefed those listening to his conversation that I doubted his veracity. Upon his return I went into a lengthy description of the misdeeds and ridicule of "Captain Sir" Alan McIlthingy (can't remember his gongs). Is there anything else I could have done?