Alexander Vindman was a “chow thief,” and “lazy,” a classmate of his at Ranger School told me. The Ranger (Scroll and Tab with multiple deployments) went on, “We tried peering him out in Mountains.” Mountains refers to the Mountain Phase of Ranger School.
Chow thieves steal MREs from other Rangers and are notorious in Ranger School, where students are subjected to near-starvation conditions. It’s not uncommon for students to lose up to 40 pounds, and most students lose 20 pounds.
During Ranger School, the people who don’t use team work and screw others over are often voted out of Ranger School in a process known as peer evaluations.
Despite not having the respect of his peers, Vindman was pushed through due to his language proficiency.
During Ranger School, LTC Vindman kept getting low peer ratings because “he was lazy and a chow thief,” a Ranger School classmate of Vindman has said.
Battalion Rangers wanted him out, said he was POS.
I won’t out sources but here is class picture. pic.twitter.com/gi3kLs4Qhz
— Cerno (@Cernovich) November 19, 2019
Where is Vindman’s Bronze Star?
A field grade special operations soldier asked me why Vindman didn’t have a Bronze Star. Officers who serve in a command position are usually given a Bronze Star for meritorious service.
The process of awarding officers a Bronze Star has recently become a controversial one, with many enlisted men viewing the practice as unfair, especially when awarded to officers who weren’t under active enemy fire.
At the time of VIndman’s command, the practice was still common, and Vindman should have a Bronze Star.
This is seen as a red flag to senior officers.
Rank checking civilians.
During his testimony at the House Intelligence Committee, Vindman ranked checked a member of Congress. “Rank checking” is when an officer demands you call them by their title, much like someone in a PhD. in English insists you refer to them as Doctor.
Alexander Vindman says he got abrasive with Jim Jordan for not referring to him with his full military title because of what people were saying about him on Twitter pic.twitter.com/4ljH3IJUkx
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 19, 2019
Special Forces veteran Tim Kennedy found this Vindman’s checking to be a bad look, as did nearly every other veteran who wrote into me expressing their embarrassment over Vindman.
Correcting a civilian about how to be a addressed is a for sure way to make everyone in the military think you are a douche bag. https://t.co/uclV6B7VnG
— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) November 19, 2019
I was initially reluctant to report these details out.
Vindman has a CIB (Combat Infantry Man’s Badge) and Ranger tab. I’m reluctant to criticize anyone’s service, let alone someone with a CIB and Tab.
Alexander Vindman has combat infantry badge, ranger tab, and Purple Heart. Those badges matter and few are in position to question his loyalties.
— Cerno (@Cernovich) October 31, 2019
Several members of Ranger battalion felt he was giving all Rangers a bad name.
“The Rangers in the private groups are all calling him the fat officer or fat colonel,” one source told me, “You need to get this story out.”
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