Hyde

Date of Entry: 28/11/2019
Surname: Hyde
Christian Names: Joshua Richard
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Perth
Service #: None
Service: None
Case Notes:

 

Joshua Richard Hyde made an error of judgement when he spread the word, to at least four reputable people, that he is an ex Commando from the Australian Defence Force. Those four people have provided Statutory Declarations relating to what he had told them.


The above photo of Hyde was taken when he was on private business in the Philippines, where he chose to wear Army uniform, complete with Australian flag on the shoulder.

Here are excerpts from what is listed on the Statutory Declarations.

He:

"Declared himself as a former serving member of the Australian Defence Force.

Served as a Commando in the Australian Army and specialised in Psychological Operations (PsyOps)

Claimed to be a former member of Special Forces in the Australian Defence Force.

Has been in combat in Africa and Afghanistan.

Regularly wore tactical clothing and Army issue sun glasses.

Gave advice on how to prepare physically and mentally for Army entry, based on his experience.

Claimed to have had direct entry into the Army as a Commando.

Said on occasion that he "skipped" Army recruit training at Kapooka and on another occasions said he did attend Kapooka.

Claimed to have served for differing periods of service from two years to three months.

Claims he has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) caused by his service.

Claims to have participated in counter terrorist operations, both as a Commando and a private contractor"

Despite the content of the properly prepared and signed four Statutory Declarations, Hyde vehemently denies ever uttering to any person that he has served in the Australian Army. Here is his defence:

"Please regard this email as my official response and statement to your research calls regarding my alleged service in the ADF.

At no time have I served or being a part of the ADF. I have not made statements of serving domestically or overseas with the ADF.

I do work in the defence sector with technology and have done for some time. I have worked in development with Australian Special Forces elements but not anyone from Commando so not sure where these have come from. I mentioned to someone going through ADF recruitment I wanted at one point to do direct entry in my 20's as I was offered at a YOU session and initial testing but to my knowledge at that time my friend asked about it but the program didn't exist from apprently poor success so wasn't sure if it was still available.

I have also worked with international police and defence agencies on the basis of armour technology and other procurement but as a private entity only. The photos on my Facebook page were of training and testing for products done with Philippines national police, as well as apparel/uniforms that were trialled there. These were clearly labelled as what was happening and made no reference to defence service. I have since taken these down. I was wearing the multicam uniform on the range but this was not ADF uniform. I wore an Australian velcro flag that was given to me by a friend who did serve as to represent being Australian. I have never worn service attire.

I am troubled to where these claims have come from or that 4 statutory declarations have come to you regarding the matter.

Aside from working on composite armour technology and some time in procurement that has been my only relationship to defence.

Given that these claims are potentially damaging to my reputation and slanderous I would like to know through my rights to information how to approach this legally should this escalate, and where there is proof of me allegedly making these claims aside from a stat dec. In all fairness it's easy for people to put something together based on he said she said but hard to defend it. The only thing I can recommend is passing contacts for some references who are current or ex Defence can attest to my character, would this be helpful? I know you have had one defence contact who has vouched for my character. This seems to be a head hunt from someone I've upset."

We have no doubt that Hyde has made ridiculous claims about Army service and those claims have now come back to bite him on his posterior.

All over Australia and New Zealand, defence veterans, ex service persons and civilians, are aware of the never diminishing abundance of "wannabes" who lie about military service.

Where ever these people appear, they are reported to ANZMI who expose them. We are sure that Hyde enjoyed the kudos of being a "Commando veteran" and we hope he now enjoys the shame of being exposed on this website.

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