Surname: Boreham
Christian Names: Rick
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: North Island
City or Town: Auckland
Service: Army Reserve/RAAF
Branch: Signals
Commencement of service: Oct 1988
Completion of service: Nov 1995
Case Notes:

Rick Boreham - The gentleman wannabe.


Rick Boreham is a wannabe who decided to add a bit of “excitement” to his military history. He is however a gentleman wannabe, who when confronted fell on his sword by confessing his malfeasance.


Notice Boreham is wearing an Australian Service Medal (ASM) which has a SE Asia Clasp as well as the Australian Defence Medal. He has no entitlement to the ASM. 

Boreham started his career with a one year stint, from October 1989 to November 1990, in an Army Reserve, Royal Australian Corps of  Signals (RA Sigs) unit, hence the badge on his beret.  After discharge from the Army at “His own request”. He joined the RAAF and worked as an Assistant Cook until 1995.

Here is an “edited” written explanation and apology penned by Boreham.

“Thank you for allowing me a couple of days to get back to you. I appreciate the fact that you have contacted me in the courteous manner that you did.

I'm very sorry to say that unfortunately, your enquiries will not bring up anything positive about me.

My military career was an unmitigated disaster -  edited - leaving the RAAF in 1995 as an LAC Cooks Assistant (service number A63915).

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Edited - , I embellished and lied about my military service and took to wearing an award - the Australian Service Medal with SE Asia clasp - that I was not entitled to wear. I also told lies about the causes for my depression and PTSD claiming it to be from my service not from some harmful things that occurred –edited. It was easier for me to lie than to admit the painful truth. I am now taking medication for these conditions and will be seeking further treatment.

I regret my actions in ways that I struggle to find the words for. I come from a family with a long military history and I now have to live with the fact that not only have I bought shame upon myself, but also on the memory of those members of my family who came before me.

I apologise unreservedly for any offence that I have caused to genuine veterans and ask that you show me some mercy as I try to re-build my life and my career.

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Once again, I apologise for the stupidity of my actions and for the offence caused and understand that as a former member of the ADF, I should have known better.

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Thank you again for the courtesy of your approach.

Rick Boreham"


Boreham also penned a resume for himself detailing his RAAF career. The duties are somewhat different from that expected of a Leading Aircraftsman, Assistant Cook who would normally be peeling spuds.  See below:


“Time of service: October 1988 – November 1995 (7 years 2 months)

Duties undertaken during service:

•Security Operations providing protection to aircraft, personnel and infrastructure

•Manning of Observation Posts (OPs), Listening Posts (LPs) and standing patrols to detect and interdict enemy movement

•Quick Reaction Force (QRF) duties in response to identified threats

•Manning of crew served weapons

•Foot and vehicle patrolling

•Construction of field defences and obstacles such as weapon pits and bunkers, fences and vehicle check points (VCPs)

•Search and clearance operations

•Security for special events

•Specialised secure military communications

•Electronic data processing

•Manning mobile communications detachments

•Laying and maintenance of communications cables”


Boreham has exaggerated his Defence Service and worn a medal he did not earn, therefore he has earned a place on our web site. It is also noted that he exhibits courage by confessing and apologizing. Most of the criminals and medals cheats who appear here, when caught, immediately, deny, feign illness, threaten physical retribution or threaten devastating legal action.

Boreham did none of that and although we have named and shamed him we wish him well.

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.

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