enlisted as a National Serviceman on the 29 Sep 1965
and was discharged 29 Sep 1968. He obviously
committed himself to an extra year to serve in
Vietnam, which is very commendable. It is
unfortunate that Schafer has foolishly navigated
himself onto the Wannabe reef.
Schafer is another, who claims to have been a
Phantom of the Jungle having served with the Special
Air Service Regiment (SASR) in Vietnam, but of
course cannot speak about it because of the Official
secrets Act. Like all wannabes though, it is no
good being a hero if you cannot talk about it, so
bit by bit he dropped little pieces of his SASR
service to both individuals and to groups.
hospital group meetings he has blamed his SASR
Vietnam Service for his Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder. He has said he was involved in ambushes
deep in the jungle away from the Australian Base and
was part of a group assigned to kill Viet Cong
leaders around Hanoi. Schafer also claims to have
been Wounded in Action in Vietnam.
Here are the two cards that make up Schafer’s record
of service, they show that his service was routine
and as follows:
Sep 1965 Enlisted - Recruit Training
8 Dec 1965 Posted to 3rd Battalion of
the Royal Australian Regiment (3 RAR) as a Rifleman
Jun 1966 Changed employment to Driver still at 3
Sep 1967 Re-engaged for a further twelve months.
Dec 1967 Departed Adelaide
Dec 1967 Arrived Vietnam serving with 3RAR
Aug 1968 Departed Vietnam
Sep 1968 Discharged from the Army.
Below is an extract from the Department of Veterans
Affairs (DVA) Nominal Roll showing that during his
whole service in Vietnam Schafer was a Private
soldier with 3 RAR. We are reliably advised that he
served with Administration Company in the role of
Driver Employment Code Number (ECN) 302
Claims of service with elite units is in epidemic
proportions Army SASR and Tunnel Rat, Engineer Units
are popular as well as Royal Australian Navy
Clearance Divers. We have never had a Wannabe who
was a Clerk or a Cook or one of the hundreds of
other mundane, but essential jobs that support front
line troops. They all want to be heroes.
have cases stacked up waiting to be processed, and
we warn Wannabes that they could be next into the
breech and about to be named and shamed on our web
site. If you have been claiming false service, we
suggest you contact those you have been fooling,
apologise and hope we don’t know about you.