Canada’s top fake soldier, Franck Gervais — a 33 year old construction worker from Cantley, Quebec — pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of unlawful use of a military uniform related to his “fifteen minutes of fame” during a CBC Remembrance Day interview.
It’s amazing how he was able to freely walk around pretending to be an airborne soldier — including wearing a Pathfinder torch — from the Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR).
Fake sergeant Franck Gervais was wearing the maroon beret of the parachute company of the Royal Canadian Regiment. The Pathfinder torch he was also wearing is only earned by Canada’s elite soldiers. In fact, the Patrol Pathfinder course is deemed one of the hardest course in the Canadian Forces and only a small tight-knit group has the privilege to wear this torch.
But his impersonation got worse -- Gervais was wearing the Medal of Bravery which has been awarded to Canadian soldiers who put themselves in harm’s way to save their brothers-in-arms.
While Gervais pleaded guilty, it remains unclear what really motivated him to dress up as a soldier — a gesture that displays a true lack of respect towards real veterans. Gervais was once a cadet and wore the rank of sergeant, but that’s far from being a RCR airborne Pathfinder sergeant!
Civilians posing as a decorated soldier are a growing concern in the United States since the start of the global war on terrorism. It is everyone’s duty to keep an eye on fake soldiers and to report them if they have any doubts.
Jonathan Wade served in the Canadian Forces with distinction for more than fourteen years prior to his honorable discharge in June 2014, a career which led him to travel across the globe, deploying to Afghanistan in 2009 to mentor and advise the Afghan National Army—where he was awarded the Chief of the Defence Staff Commendation—and shortly to Haiti following the earthquake of 2010.
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