I was introduced to a guy that was dating a lady friend of mine who had told her he was a helo pilot in Vietnam, but after a few minutes of conversation it was clear he hadn't ever been to flight school. He said he couldn't remember his flight school class number. Yeah right, that's something no one ever forgets.
My guess from what he DID know was that he was in helicopter maintenance rather than flying them. Yes there are plenty of wannabe's around. His job was an admirable one, I don't understand why he felt he needed to inflate his status?
I was kind and didn't expose him to my friend. She figured out what kind of guy he was on her own.