Thursday, June 22, 2006

Be Careful Where You Apply When You Pad Your Resume

Resume-padding is a problem in every industry, although it takes a certain amount of chutzpah to claim credentials one never achieved.  If one is going to pad a resume, however, it might be a good idea to avoid embellishing your record when it involves a different branch of the same government where you once served.  Jason Romain served for a bit over a year in the Air Force in the mid-1980s, and his record was undistinguished, to say the least, with a discharge as an "entry level separation" because he failed "to meet physical standards for enlistment."  When he applied 13 years later for a position as a police officer with the Department of Veteran Affairs, his record showed four years of service, discharge as a senior airman, a purple heart and a medal for service in the Grenada invasion (remember how well that one went?).  It may have taken a while (over six years), but the misstatements have caught up with Romain because he has been indicted in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (here) on four charges.  In addition to a Sec. 1001 charge for making a false statement and a charge of altering his military discharge papers, there are two counts for crimes I have never seen before: Sec. 702 for unauthorized wearing of an Air Force uniform, and Sec. 704 for unauthorized wearing of medal and ribbons (including in this count a Liberation of Kuwait ribbon).  One can talk about dressing-up a resume, but actually putting on the uniform is something different. (ph)

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Jason Romain served in the Air Force for 5
weeks, not for a year. I personally know this person.

Posted by: s. Stone | Nov 10, 2006 9:40:05 AM

I worked with Jason as a police officer. I will tell you, in my opinion, he was a good officer, but apparently there was a walter mitty thing going on here. In any event, live and learn, right?

Posted by: Ted Zarcone | Jul 3, 2008 1:03:28 AM

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