Girard David Pugsley III aka JJ Pugsley, Not a Navy SEAL

| January 30, 2017

The staff at send us their case on Girard Pugsley.  It seems that many people were under the impression that he was a Navy SEAL.

He is active in the MMA (Mixed Martial Arts community).  For some reason people got the impression that he completed training to become a Navy SEAL, our guess is its things like this that probably had something to do with it:

There are many other reasons for all this misunderstanding.

Of course his records and their investigation show something entirely different.

Apparently, Mr. Pugsley did attempt to become a Navy SEAL.  That is more than most can ever say.  However he was dropped from the program before he completed the basic school required to serve as a Navy SEAL.  Probably the claim of him being a Combat Diver is some kind of misunderstanding as well.  In any event, QM2 Pugsley has come forward to admit that he was not a Navy SEAL and should have been more pro active about correcting the claims that he was.

You can see the rest of their case on this guy HERE.

We are just glad that we have this opportunity to help him  clear all that up.  As of yesterday, he seems to be very concerned about people having the false impression that he served as a Navy SEAL.


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  1. Silentium Est Aureum says:

    False impression that he gave.


    • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

      I’m guessing that his “false impression” is going to cost him his employment and career.

      “Geez, boss… I’m sorry that I gave you a “false impression” about my background in the Navy?”


    • desert says:

      “should have come forward to admit he was not a Navy Seal”, no you lying bastard, you shouldn’t have claimed it in the first place!!!!

    • QM1 says:

      I think I remember running into this guy and a few other EOD guys that he was with back around fall of ’04 in the food court in the NEX at North Island. I have no clue why he would have felt the need to add in all the extra SEAL crap. EOD guys always had my respect.

  2. SGT Ted says:

    Seals are Marine Mammals right?

  3. Ex-PH2 says:

    I’m sorry, but I can’t help myself. Does he have a sister named Wednesday?

  4. Madconductor says:

    Other than the SEAL lies and his foray into combat diving, he seems to have had honorable service. Why would anyone want to f@”k that up?

    • OldManchu says:

      Tiny penis most likely.

      • IDC SARC says:

        He failed BUDS….but still self-identifies as a SEAL

        • WorkingDog says:

          No, my friend: BUD/s failed *him*.

          I wonder if anyone ever asked why a former SEAL would take so many wannabe Coolguy classes after serving?

          • IDC SARC says:

            He’s not a former SEAL.

            • WorkingDog says:

              Duh. The point is seeing “SEAL” followed by
              “Remedial CQB for Beginners” is, uh, kinda suspicious. Even more so since I doubt many in NSW would have kind words for MidSouth after the “incident.”

              • IDC SARC says:

                When you said BUDS failed him, I misinterpreted that and was expecting some follow on sob story. My mistake. 🙂

                • WorkingDog says:

                  Nope. The shit show that is his “résumé” is marvelous. It’s like he can’t decide between bolstering and sheer bullshit. Is he referring to “SPAWAR” when he writes “SPARWAR”? And a peek down the rabbit hole reveals that he’s also a “qualified sniper instructor” (but not a SEAL; he did train them, though) and has conducted operations in 80 different countries — according to his bio on the ironically named “Ronin” Training Institute (paging Sean Bean…). One wonders if his business partner Jeremiah Sipes — who has “an excellent sense of driving techniques” — really is former Marine Recon….?

                • WorkingDog says:

                  Please, oh please, Mr. Shipley, take this case.

  5. Tman says:

    Lol, nice attempt from him trying to make it seem like an innocent mistake.

    It was more than the impression he’s trying to give that it was other people’s fault that people thought he was a SEAL.

    As seen above, he himself was promoting that he was a Navy SEAL on his own website profile.

    An imposter and fake, nothing less.

    • OldManchu says:

      Exactly. Like he was confused and innocent.

      “I was an 11C for 3 years but I thought I was a Green Beret for 20. My bad.”

  6. sj says:

    What is a “Marine Mammal Systems Operator”?

  7. Devtun says:

    An actual real Naval Special Warfare operator died yesterday during a raid in Yemen. This guy is a whale dropping.

  8. ex-OS2 says:


  9. Mick says:


    Looks like we have a phony SEAL in the open for you this morning.

    Please proceed inbound ASAP; you’re cleared hot.

  10. Green Thumb says:


  11. Green Thumb says:

    Dude also looks like he is all about the low-hanging fruit.

    I am also curious as to what subject he is taking PhD-level coursework?

  12. IDC SARC says:

    D-Bag 2d Class

  13. IDC SARC says:

    He’s throwing out Marine Recon here as well..he’s taught them all.

    • Joseph Williams says:

      An old trick in Martial Arts. One or several LEO or SFs take private lessoms from the phony. You teach these people your style. Joe

  14. ChipNASA says:


    • IDC SARC says:

      “Black Belt Professor under Dean Lister, JJ “Manimal” Pugsley, is a former pro MMA fighter with a 4-0 record. JJ teaches defensive tactics/ground fighting to Law Enforcement Officers from such agencies as the US Border Patrol & the San Diego & Denver Police Departments, as well as members of elite military units like Marine Force Recon, US Navy SEALS & Navy EOD.”

      • Mick says:



        More like ‘ASSCLOWN’.

      • Green Thumb says:

        The only thing this turd teaches is: “Ball-Working 101”.

        Word has it that if you sign up for the class on the All-Points Logistics Distance Learning website, you will get 20% off and qualify for job placement.

  15. lily says:

    Why does his DD214 say he has a Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal when he has no foreign or sea service? Isn’t that supposed to be the Global War On Terrorism “Service” Medal? Must be a typo.

    • IDC SARC says:

      he has a sea service ribbon….which doesn’t tell you he did anything but at least support the GWOT OCONUS for at least 90 days

      • IDC SARC says:

        according to his DD214 he also doesn’t shoot very straight

        • IDC SARC says:

          …and wasn’t in long enough to requal and upgrade those shooting badges of shame

          • IDC SARC says:

            Kinda funny he says he went to Combatant dive School…which a SEAL doesn’t need because dive phase is in BUDS, but doesn’t mention Basic Airborne or MFF which are actually follow ons that all SEALS have to attend.

            • IDC SARC says:

              There were SEALS in my class at benning…so….nah

              • SSG E says:

                None in mine (2013), just SEAL support folks – I’d heard they started their own static line jump school in the early 2000’s some time, since they weren’t excited about how the Army crams three days of training into three weeks. For nimrods like me, that extra practice was vital, but for guys like that, it was probably a total waste of time…

                • IDC SARC says:

                  I remember some went to Lakehurst, and some Recon HMs were lucky enough to go there too…but that shut down.

                  • IDC SARC says:

                    SEALs have their own JM course(s). I had a billet there, but our funding was cut, so I didn’t get to go. The Army command I was with needed JMs, but wouldn’t fund me, because I was a in the Navy Detachment. SARCs are bahstid children, everybody want ya to deploy, but they don’t want to fund your schools. At least the pipeline now ensures the most needed basic schools are attended.

              • just some feller says:

                Not mine, but there were some Force Recon ahead of us … somewhere.

                One morning around September/October 1980 a huge “FORCE RECON” banner was hanging from one of the arms of the 250 tower.

                Bad ass!

              • sj says:

                Mine too in ’63. They drove the Black Hats nuts. They’d be told to drop and do 25. They’d say “That’s all? Can I do 50?”

              • rgr769 says:

                There were two SEALS in my platoon at Ranger School. We loved those guys, as you could always count on them to do their part and then some. They always volunteered to swim the rope across the water obstacle we had to bridge or cross. Unfortunately they did not get the tab because they could not pass at least half of their leadership positions, especially in Florida where we were operating as an infantry platoon in CI ops.

            • ex-OS2 says:

              It is obvious that Pug isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed.

              • IDC SARC says:

                That’s being very kind. 🙂

              • Claw says:

                Wasn’t there a trained dolphin named Darwin in the TV show seaquestDSV?

                Maybe that’s who JJ self-identifies as.

                Ha Ha. JJ/Darwin Award Winner/Manimal. Great comparison.

                But Pugsley does look like the adult version of Wesley Crusher/Wil Wheaton, so he’s got that going for him.

                Dumbass. (In my best BMC Red Forman voice)

  16. NavyEODguy says:

    Many, many moons ago the Navy/USMC had a combat swimmers course. The faker is way too young to even attempt to claim that as part of his training.

    Back in the early days Navy EOD incorporated both the combat swimmer and diver training into the school. In the mid to late 90s the diving phase was “pipeline” training, specifically for EOD, and is still in Panama City, FL.

    These days if a guy is “preselected” for Navy EOD training, his training starts in bootcamp. Extra PT and a lot of swimming. In this case, from day one in bootcamp, to diver training, to EOD School, to jump school (FT Benning), to small squad tactics, to direct action training, it can be well over a year before you get to your first duty station as a qualified EOD Tech.

    Then there’s getting teamed up, team training and team certification before you deploy.

    The Marine Mammal System (MMS) program at one time belonged to the SEALs. IIRC the MMS transferred to Navy EOD in the late 80s. At the time, MMS consisted of seals and bottle-nosed dolphins. They were used for various underwater purposes, but I will only get into one role (I’ve been out for almost 2 decades and some programs/roles were classified when I got out).

    The one role (unclassified) is the use of both type animals in an underwater mine counter measures mission. They are trained to locate objects underwater that have a mine-like appearance, whether a bottom laying sea mine or a buoyant type in the water column.

    EOD has billets for SUPPORT types community wide, including the MMS. However, during my active duty days only EOD Techs were MMS handlers. This faker, being in the Navy when he was, as a QM2 tells me he was a support type.

    Probably the closest this idiot got to being a MMS handler was as a small boat driver or helping to feed them.

    • IDC SARC says:

      Recon Corpsmen also supported the Marine Mammal Program. as I said though, we scrubbed those billets out in the 90s.

    • rgr769 says:

      About forty years ago I attended the USMC Amphibious Recon Course at Little Creek, VA. Those jarheads smoked us everyday. Suddenly, we had to do flutter kicks in addition to push-ups. But it paid off when we had to get in the water with swim fins. I still have the beach survey map we made. With that said, I would never claim to be a combat swimmer or marine recon.

  17. MSGT_RET says:

    I knew someone from my former rating community would eventually have to disgrace himself. It was overdue.

  18. Dave Hardin says:

    Pugsley took Thing to operate Flipper? Pervert.

  19. Mark Lauer says:

    It’s amazing how many of these guys have websites that MISTAKENLY list them as SEALS

    • ex-OS2 says:

      Multiple websites with typo’s….

    • USAF Ret says:

      It is all Kerry’s fault. If he had designed the internet better there would not be all of these mistakes.

      But then again he might have designed it that way for himself.

  20. D says:

    I wonder if this guy got into dolphins a la Malcolm Brenner. See here:

  21. QM1 says:

    I remember meeting that guy in San Diego! He was EOD, I have no idea why he felt the need to go the extra mile with adding in all of the SEAL crap.

  22. Mick says:

    Team TAH:

    They have identified the real SEAL that was KIA during the recent raid against al-Qaeda in Yemen. He was 36-year-old Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens, originally from Peoria, Illinois.

    ‘Locally-based Navy SEAL Team 6 member killed in raid’

    This is yet another example of why the Stolen Valor claims of wannabe posers like Pugsley’s are so outrageous and injurious to those who actually serve.

    Stolen Valor is NOT a victimless crime.

    RIP, Chief Owens.

    Semper Fidelis.

  23. Sparks says:

    Works balls while licking two holes. Shitbag.

  24. Chrissy Johnson says:

    This is so stupid. You won’t find a nicer guy than JJ. Someone has nothing better to do obviously.

    • Chief says:

      Unfortunately, Chrissy, being a nice guy has absolutely nothing to with being honest. Some of the most charming and charismatic people in the world are also the biggest liars, embellishers, and thieves.

    • The Al says:

      Which does nothing to change the fact he lied about actually being a SEAL. Sadly, however, we’ve found that stolen valor tends to be the rancid cherry on top of a shit sundae

  25. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Nice work, Chrissy. Were it not for your comment, this thread would have remained dormant. It’s back live now. Congrats. He published that his experience included “US Navy SEAL.” I get why he lied. Who wants to put “US Navy SEAL Washout” or “US Navy SEAL Wannabe” on his resume. (Add the accent marks yourselves.)

  26. Green Thumb says:

    Girard David Pugsley III aka JJ Pugsley = Loser.