This article by Jared Keller originally appeared on Task & Purpose, a digital news and culture publication dedicated to military and veterans issues.
Over the weekend, the airmen at MacDill Air Force Base made the mistake of inviting a known fraud into their midst.
On Saturday, the official Twitter account of the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) welcomed Cap'n Crunch to the premises of the MacDill AFB commissary with a cheeky message.
This tweet is a perfect opportunity to remind DeCA that Cap'n Crunch isn't a captain at all but a fat fraud.
In 2013, amid a series of questions regarding Crunch's uniform, the Navy confirmed that the fictional cereal mascot was probably just a commander due to the three stripes that appear on his sleeves in most representations.
Indeed, a deeper search of historical images conducted by NPR revealed and Cap'n Crunch often sported and inconsistent number of stripes on his uniform; in the MacDill AFB set-up, he's rocking the twin stripes of a lieutenant.
More importantly, a Navy spokesman told Foreign Policy that "personnel records do not show a "Cap'n Crunch" who currently serves or has served in the Navy.'"
Say it with me now: Cap'n Crunch is stolen valor and should not be allowed onto any base or into any commissary, ever, for all time — if only for the health of your teeth.
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