Not surprisingly, in most of these
fraudulent histories the wannabe recreates himself
as a Special Forces soldier or a member of an elite
unit, creates deployments that he never went on, and
gives himself qualifications he never earned.
1. Bayliss had a smattering of Army
Reserve service in various parts of Australia. He first
enlisted into the Army Reserve in South Australia in
August 1982 under another name (which ANZMI knows, but
will not be divulging here) and served there until July
1983 when he was discharged at his own request. He next
enlisted into 51FNQR (Far North Queensland Regiment) a
Regional Force Surveillance Unit based in Cairns,
Queensland in March 1987. He was discharged from 51FNQR
as "unsuitable" in July 1987.
2. He next appeared in the Army Reserve, with a new
service number and under his present name in Western
Australia's 16RWAR (Royal Western Australian Regiment)
in April 1992. He served in both 16 RWAR and 11/28 RWAR
until September 1993, and was once again discharged at his own
An undistinguished but honourable service history, but
that wasn't good enough for Danny Bayliss. He went on to
invent a much more interesting and colourful military
history for himself.
3. Unfortunately for Bayliss, he decided to publish his
bogus history on an internet bulletin board, where it
quickly came to the attention of a number of ex
servicemen who had genuine service in both the Special
Air Service and 3RAR (Parachute Battalion), who alerted
ANZMI to his website. (the website was taken down after
we contacted Bayliss about his claims)
4. This is a screenshot of the bogus history he posted
on the site:
Anybody with any idea of military service
will note his incorrect terminology for units and
qualifications, the spelling mistakes i.e. "parashooter",
and a simple comparison of his real military service
record of about three years Army Reserve service and his
bogus claims of twenty years in elite Regular Army units
(SAS and 3RAR) shows him up as a liar and a wannabe.
Soldiers who are selected to serve in the ADF's special
forces and elite units undergo rigorous mental and
physical training. They have many and varied combat
skills, and all are earned the hard way, by doing the
necessary courses and
practising and honing those skills in combat situations,
rather than imagining them in their dreams.
The members and ex members are
intensely proud of their reputation and honour both
within the military and in civilian life.
Fakers like Bayliss who steal their honour rightly
attract their total contempt. We thank those ex members
who drew our attention to this wannabe's website.
Welcome to the world of shame, Danny Bayliss, and a
place in the gallery of wannabes.
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