Larkin allowed it to be thought that he was a Navy SEAL,when with Petterson and SCARS, he allowed himself to be mentioned as a Navy SEALin articles,magazines and seminars.
Larkin never corrected anyone's view.
Other SEALs never said he was not a SEAL,same as the phonies who claim to be Spec Ops,Israeli Commando's ,SAS,SBS,Rangers,Force Recon,Delta,no one with knowledge says these guys are fake.
No one cares until the unqualified start ripping off the public giving the units bad names,then the units or members of the units speak out.
People questioned Larkins past and they put his name up for review when there was a SEAL wall of Shame, then it came out he never completed BUDs.
You don't complete and graduate BUDs you are not a SEAL.
Larkin then started to tell the story that he did well in BUDs almost completed it when he blew his ear out on a dive.
He blew his ear out,an ear he knew was bad as before he even entered the Navy he had surgeries on it.He should have never applied to go to BUDs,if ,as he says, he blew his ear out on a dive it was near the start of phase two the start of week 9 of a 6 month training course,so he did well for 1/3 of the training,again if we believe what he says about his ear because others who say they knew him NOW say he was gone before that.
No matter when he left ,Larkin did not complete BUDs and is not in any way shape or form a SEAL or allowed to be called a SEAL,just as Ventura is not a SEAL,but Ventura says he completed Navy Dive school,which he did,(before DIVE school and SEAL Training were combined under BUDS),so Ventura says he is technically now a SEAL,but he is not and Larkin is not even as qualified as Ventura,Larkin not even qualified as a Navy Diver,no less a SEAL.