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Please list here any dubious claims [[James Shortt]] has made about his military career, titles of nobility, orders, decorations, martial arts expertise etc.  Please add any reference to the source where available.
  
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==General Claims==
  
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*James Shortt has a [[Pope|Papal]] [[Knighthood]].  He is a member of the [[Irish]] Papal Awards Association and the UK Association of Papal Knights having been created a Knight Commander of St Gregory by Pope John Paul II in recognition for his work in towards moving the [[Cold War]] to an end. This is stated on an IBA Bodyguards Website [http://www.ibabodyguards.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=32&Itemid=47 here].
  
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*James Shortt served with B Sqn, 21 [[SAS]]. Whilst there he was asked to write a book about the SAS. Noted [http://www.geocities.com/pentagon/barracks/2911/b/spec05.html here].
  
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*James Shortt apparently cannot remember his [[Service Number]]. [[Private Eye]] 1228 page 28 gives it as 24550634 which is about right for the year. It is a man's number, not an officer's so he got rapid promotion, didn't he? Some of us can remember our wife's Service Number... in fact, Shortt remembers his service number all too well but is reluctant to disclose it as it indicates when he joined the army - i.e., 1980 - and also ties to a service record that is not in any sense illustrious, in that it demonstrates that he did not, in reality, undertake any training at all.
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*The whole monk thing, as one of the schools he mentions stopped his age group of students long before Jimbo got there.
  
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*The whole paramedic thing, as although he was apparently once a SRN, the Paramedic is a more complex subject.
  
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*The whole martial art thing, as his credentials are suspect as to their lineage.
  
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*The whole "he is the savior of Savate" thing: The Baron of Castleshort is the Patron of the Great Britain B.F.-Savate Federation. In fact he hasn't been heard of ever since that night of 17th March 1998 when he attended the inaugurating meeting...  
  
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*The whole military career thing, as not one shred of evidence has been provided except for a few outdated letters and some pics with various uniforms on. PCAU records at [[Brize Norton]] show... ''nada''.
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*The whole baronial title thing, as it (again) is suspect to its legitimacy and recognition with... umm... Burke's Peerage.
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*The whole honours and gong thing, as not one award or honour can be verified with its fount honours.
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*The whole Lucien Ott thing - and other so called 'experts' that he hung with in the '70s and '80s, as they too have got holes in their stories one can drive a train through.
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*The whole IBA thing, as it appears to be a one man show with a few underlings that create websites and have dubious pictures as their proof - and apparently operate out of residential homes and small business parks.
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*The IBA states on their homepage that they are a Security Industry Authority licensed Training Provider [http://www.ibabodyguards.net/index.php] - the SIA denies that claim. 
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*Several of the IBA websites from Eastern Europe bear the logo of the FBI National Academy and the text "FBI National Academy Associates Corporate Partner 22".  ''The FBI have confirmed Shortt was never an FBI National Academy Graduate, IBA have NEVER been Corporate Sponsors, or any way involved with the FBI National Academy, and the Logo on the website is a very bad copy of the real FBI National Academy Logo'' 
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*The whole [[castle]] thing, as it appears that Jimbo likes hotels and golf course for addresses.
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*The whole Galoglas/Irish Brigade/McCarthy Mor thing as it's been pretty much shown to be a huge con.
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*The whole dressing up box thing has pretty much shown that he hasn't got a clue... like my gran used to say, 'You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.'
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*The Fellowship of Commerce and Industry which can be purchased [http://www.businessqualifications.org.uk here]. 
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*Claims he is a long term active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. "''PA to Sir Ken Jones the Chief Con and Head of the International Association of Chiefs of Police in the UK has checked UK & Irish records, and her colleagues in the USA checked the Worldwide Membership list of the IACP & confirm that James Shortt has never held any membership with the IACP at all.''"
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*In one of his on-line CVs, the Baron claims that he is on the UK Register of Expert Witnesses, but his name cannot be found in the on-line database. ''Quelle surprise!''
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*'As security correspondent for South East Radio based out of Wexford', an agency that denies ever having heard of him. You would never believe it but I phoned South East Radio in Wexford & spoke to the News Team. They had never heard of James Shortt. They also stated that they did not have a Security Correspondent & that all of their News came from INN (Independent Network News in Dublin).
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* A photograph purporting [by its title] to be of HQ Sqn [[21 SAS(V)]].  Jim appears to be holding a Belgian Vigneron M2 sub-machine gun [''Where did that come from?''] The other is holding an [[SLR]] with carrying handle and sling-swivels [a SAS no-no]. The [[beret]]s are laughable.
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* He, apparently, singlehandedly brought the martial art of savate (a garlic-flavoured chop socky with ranks noted by an increasing number of onions hung on a string around your neck) [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savate to the UK.]  And, for reasons that escape reason, his [http://www.onlineonair.com/savate/page3.html 'Gold Gloves']
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==The Shortlist of Shortt's Claims==
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''To recap his alleged military service and claims of awards and honours'': (A more detailed deconstruction of his claimed medal collection is [http://www.arrse.co.uk/wiki/James_Shortt%27s_Dodgy_Uniforms_and_Medals#.27.27.27Jim.27s_Bling.27.27.27 HERE]
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===Military===
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*[[Them]] - 21 SAS(V).
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*[[Para]]s - 3 Coy, 10 PARA. See pic at http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/download/id=24442.html ''Another fine example of Jimbo's dressing up box.''
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*RMR - But a very special and elite unit that are under the auspices of the [[ACF|Army Cadets]] with para training.
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*[[Captain]] - Royal Marines (as reported by Jean Bultot ).
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*[[Colonel]] in Polska Niezalezna Brygada Rezerwowa (Polish Reserve Independent Brigade).
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*Light Colonel with the Cameroons.
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*[[Major]] with the [[Latvia]]n interior forces.
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*Colonel in [[Afghanistan]].
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===Paramilitary===
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*Commander/Colonel in the LoF (C Ceremonial Sqn until 1997 then reverted to Light Horse Detachment).
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*Colonel/Commander in the [[Royal Galloglas Guard]].
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===Titles===
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*Baron Castleshort
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*Chevalier
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*Count [''The 'o' is optional.'']
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===[[Knighthood]]s===
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*Royal Yugoslavian Order of St John
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*Knight Commander of Polonia Restituta (2nd division)
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*Knight Commander of St Gregory
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*Belgian Knight of the Crown
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*[http://imperialteutonicorder.com/_wsn/page5.html Knight of Honour of the Imperial Teutonic Order of St. Marys Hospital in Jerusalem]
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===Honours & Awards===
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'''[[Belgium]]'''
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*Cross of King Albert
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*Cross of King Leopold
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*European Combatants Cross
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'''[[Hungary]]'''
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*Hereditary Vitz Rend
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'''[[Poland]]'''
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*Gold Cross of Merit with Crossed Swords
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*Cross of Independence & Freedom
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*Medal of Independence & Freedom
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*The Piludski and Sikorski Medals
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'''Estonia/Latvia'''
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*Estonian White Cross (3rd Division)
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*Latvian Crimson Cross
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'''[[Canada]]'''
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Mentioned - but none named. Believed to be LoF.
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'''[[New Zealand]]'''
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Mentioned but none named. Believed to be LoF
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'''[[Scotland]]'''
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*Bondsman of the Chief
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'''Bosnia/Slovenia/Croatia/Serbia'''
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*An unnamed decoration from the Republic of Slovenia.
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'''[[NATO]]'''
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*NATO Medal (clasp Former Yugoslavia)
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'''Mongolia'''
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*Medal of Honour 1st Class
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'''[[UK]]'''
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Alleged to have received the [[Queen's Gallantry Medal|QGM]] in 1977. Shortt hasn't claimed this on any website that I've seen but it's a story that came to ARRSE secondhand.  Needless to say, Shortt's only mention in the London Gazette (July 6, 1988) does not relate to any form of honour, award, commission or appointment.
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===Faculty Appointments===
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*Lecturer on Bodyguard Skills, University of South Africa, Pretoria (right after the fall of Apartheid)
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*Fellow of the Faculty of Commerce & Industry which can be purchased [http://www.businessqualifications.org.uk here]
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==Countries Visited for Special Missions==
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... at the request of some over-paid [[Civil Serpent]].
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*[[Scotland]]
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*[[Ireland]]
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*[[USA]]
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*Mongolia
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*[[South Africa]]
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*[[Poland]]
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*Latvia
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*Estonia
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*Russia (Siberia)
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*[[Belgium]]
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*Cameroon
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*Algeria
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*[[Nigeria]]
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*[[Kuwait]]
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*[[Iraq]]
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*[[Afghanistan]]
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*[[Russia]]
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*[[New Zealand]]
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*[[Papua New Guinea]]
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*Pogera
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*Ukraine
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*Kazakhstan
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*[[Hungary]]
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*Lithuania
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*Cambodia
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*[[Thailand]]
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--[[User:Niner domestic|Niner domestic]] 02:22, 4 October 2008 (BST)
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==Special Units trained==
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*Estonia: Special Operations Group, Police Special Reserve Brigade
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*Latvia: Special Intervention Group  OMEGA
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*Ukraine: ALFA  BERKYT  TITAN  Manguse
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*Russia: SOBR  OMON  GRAD
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*Crimea (sic): SOKOL  BERKYT  KGB 
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*USA: USAFE 'EST', USMC SRT, Charlie Coy; 10th SFG
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*Papua New Guinea: Police Reserve MAIP
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*Cameroon: Special Operations Group
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*Kuwait: Interior Ministry Unit
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*Spain: Halcon, CRS18
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*Belgium: Liege Anti-Bandit Unit; 20 Municipalities and Special Units
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*Thailand: Royal Thai Navy SEALS
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as well as
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*British Constabularies: Metropolitan Police, Norfolk, Suffolk, Sussex, Devon & Cornwall and West Yorkshire in Police Defensive Tactics, Methods of Arrest and Restraint and Police Impact Weaponry
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*...
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[http://www.ibauk.com/About/ILETA/tabid/60/Default.aspx]
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and then he claims that OTT trained:
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*Germany: GSG-9, ''Lucien Ott moved to Munich in Germany and assisted in the training of GSG9 (German counter terrorist organisation) with Colonel Ulrich Wegner following the security fiasco of the 1972 Olympics.'' but he only mentioned that in his attempted IBA-entry on wiki - so it will be forgiven as mere name-dropping...
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==Shortt's Short Time==
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A Rough Timeline:
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*1953 born on 17 September
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*1959 - started studying Ryoi Shinto Ryu on 14 Nov[http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/Bartitsu_Forum/message/2572] - that must have been painful if he remembers the exact date?
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*1967 - Opened his first dojo at John Fisher School Gym (age 14)[http://www.rsrjujutsu.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=13&Itemid=29]
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*1969-70 - Cadets
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*1970 - moved to Ireland
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*1970 - Brought ''savate'' to the UK after training with Count Pierre Baruzy (but that's from wikipedia so even more dubious than the usual 'Dubious Claim')- he was 16 at the time.
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*1970-74 - Religious pursuit in a monastical order
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*1970-75 - writes 'Beginning Jiu Jitsu', published in 1976 (co-authored with Katsuharu Hashimoto)[http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/Bartitsu_Forum/message/2572] He writes it at St. Francis' monastery, Kilkenny, Ireland, during his time there as a Postulant monk. For the most part, the book has been put together in monasteries: St. Bonaventures in Cork; the Carmelite Priory at Aylesford, Kent; the Augustinian Recollect Monastery of St. Patrick, Rome; The Franciscan Capuchin Monasteries, Assissi; in Florence as well as the Redentore Monastery on the Isle of Giudecca in the lagoon of Venice. Wow, well traveled monk(ey business).[http://www.bestjudo.com/brjiujitsu.shtml]
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*1972 - runs the Koryu Jujutsu section of Kilkenney Judo club[http://209.85.229.132/search?q=cache:tnplBfQ7A4gJ:sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/Bartitsu_Forum/message/3286+shortt+of+castleshort&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=73&gl=uk]
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*1973 - establishes dojo at St Bonaventure's monastery, Victoria Cross, Co Cork [http://www.rsrjujutsu.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=13&Itemid=29]
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*1974 - early publication in Black Belt Dec 1974 by "Brother Seamus Shortt" [http://books.google.com/books?id=btYDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA69&lpg=PA69&dq=%2B%22seamus+shortt%22&source=bl&ots=4ilAjR0Mm0&sig=6VU4BcdW4Og3Tr831rwZ_PXuxzA&hl=en&ei=tOmqSZrDG9KX_gabirDyDw&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=4&ct=result#PPA69,M1][http://books.google.com/books?id=btYDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA14&lpg=PA14&dq=%2B%22seamus+shortt%22&source=bl&ots=4ilAjR0Mm0&sig=6jMaPgJvsIobQvKAEdHSwlKtrtQ&hl=en&ei=tOmqSZrDG9KX_gabirDyDw&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=7&ct=result#PPA14,M1]
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*1974 - Took LOA from monastery to do nursing course
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*1973-74 - Croydon School of Nursing
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*1974-78 - Mayday University Hospital
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*1975 - return to the UK; reopens the Croydon dojo in the old Parish Hall of St John the Baptist (RC) Church in Purley [http://www.rsrjujutsu.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=13&Itemid=29]; founds the '''''Service Training Team''''' (later '''''Combat Training Team''''') at Royal Marine Depot, Deal which takes "a pro-active approach to combat skills(CQB, Combat Survival & Combat Medicine). It was responsible for training thousands of NATO & non-NATO servicemen including elite units such as Airborne Forces, Commandos and Special Forces. From 1981 until 1991 the Team specialised in the training of anti-spetsnaz and counter-spetsnaz units."[http://www.ileta.com/Military.html] It exists till 1991.
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*1975 - writes "Jijitsu A synpotic History - By Seamus Shortt" for the Karate & Oriental Arts issue 53, March/April 1975[http://data.pointclark.net/budopromotions/estore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=23_67&products_id=303]
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*1975- 82 - Hanging around Deal with Bernie Finan as the Director of Training for CTT and consultant for RM
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*1976 - Left monastical order after meeting future wife - got married
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*1976 - "badged" Parachute Regiment, no record of this can be found so far - presumed an Adult Instructor [civilian] with an Army Cadet Force unit that wore the Para capbadge, which explains the rather coy "badged" terminology.
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*1976-1985 - Head of the '''''Police Defensive Tactics Study Group''''' of the Combat Training Team [http://www.ileta.com/History.html] [aka International Law Enforcement Training Agency - ILETA] responsible for training Police officers from the following British Constabularies: Metropolitan Police, Norfolk, Suffolk, Sussex, Devon &  Cornwall and West Yorkshire in Police Defensive Tactics, Methods of Arrest and Restraint, Police Impact Weaponry.
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*1978 - Senior Protection Officer
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*1979 - Founder '''''"Comite National de Boxe Francaise - Savate et D.A. La Grande Bretagne et La Irlande"''''' under the auspices of Comte BARUZY and the Federation Francaise de Boxe Francaise-Savate et D.A. (FFBF-S et DA) or in other words: "In 1979 Jim arranged for the first "British" Savate team to visit France for a competition. The group consisted of 18 team members of which 8 actually fought French opponents (Jim, of course, did not take part himself, he just watched the whole team get a good kicking!)[http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/viewtopic/t=109934/postdays=0/postorder=asc/start=1480.html]" Well done Jim! He also studied ''La Canne'' at USM Viroflay (near Versaillais)...
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*1979 - Wrote "Beginning Ju-Jitsu: Ryoi-Shinto Style" ISBN: 0901764426, RM Deal Combat Training Team RM Deal
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*1980 - Aug-Oct attached to 21 SAS(v)(#24550634) than: Service no longer required (SNLR)
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*1981 - Wrote "The Special Air Service (Men at Arms Series, 116)ISBN: 08504539681983
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*1981 - Training 4 SBS[http://www.rsrjujutsu.com/index.php?option=com_ponygallery&Itemid=28&func=viewcategory&catid=3], London; RM Stonehouse, Plymouth; Bayonet Pugil Training, Commando Training Center, Belgium
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*1981 - Wrote "Special Forces Insignia" ISBN: 0853688753
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*1980-84 - [[Captain]] of the Irish-British ''savate'' team
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*1980-83 - Contracted to train units of the United States Army and Air Force
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*1982 - writes article on jiu-jitsu for nurses in "Nursing Times", April 21, gives address as 486 Brighton Road, South Croydon, Surrey [http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/download/id=29023.html]
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*1982-83 - Belgian anti-gang unit
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*1982-87 - CTT training for Household Division Centralized Courses (under then Major
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Tim Spicer), also trained 1 and 10 Para in 1982, and HAC in 1982 at Pirbright, and PT wing CTC Lympstone in 1982 [http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/Bartitsu_Forum/message/2572]
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*1982-88 - instructor to the SAS for unarmed combat, close combat, bayonet and military medicine during selection and instructor's courses in Pirbright.[http://www.ibacroatia.com/?c=html&s=more&id=168]
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*1983 - January; works for (as Director?) the '''International Combat Military Advisor Group Combat Training Team ICMAG/CTT''' [http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=P75lJjon9yoC&pg=PA131&lpg=PA131&dq=combat+and+survival+book+james+shortt&source=web&ots=hwKNsrWkHZ&sig=bcgS7X2PkiOQ-A6sKVyxtwP3ORs&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=4&ct=result#PPA130,M1]; the president of the ICMAG is/later becomes Baron Pierre Baruzzy (aka Count Pierre Baruzy, or Comte Baruzy), Jimbos Savate teacher. Vice President is Lucien Ott [http://www.eatcst-itd-inc.com/miembros.htm]
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*1983 - training Belgian Para-Commandos at Marche-les-Dames [http://www.ileta.com/Military.html]
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*1983-87 - Hanging out with Sir Peter Austin as Director of Projects for [http://www.checksure.biz/company/SPECIAL+TRAINING+SERVICES+LTD+-01835155.htm Special Training Services] fielding counter-terrorist projects in Algeria, Nigeria, Kuwait and the US. Actually, one ARRSE reports that his role was to brief teams that went overseas for that extraordinary company on medical and country intel before they went off to do their thing.
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*1984 - Wrote "Essential Handbook to Self Defence" ISBN: 0283989912
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*1985 - Trained Irish Guards HDCC Pirbright; He was appointed a regional scientific lecturer (a senior RSA grade) of the regional scientific organisation of the department F6 of the Home Office, resposible for the training of the scientific adviser of the British regional seats of government in time of national emergency or war. In August 1985, James chaired the military session of the "2nd World Congress on Chemical & Biological Weapons" held at the University of Ghent, representing, no less, the British Home Office. [http://web.archive.org/web/20050510154232/http://www.ibafin.net/related.html]; worked for STS manning a stand at a military medical exhibition in Bloomsbury, London - meets Wouter Basson there. STS reports meeting to MI6 who send Jim on a one day’s NBC course at Winterbourne Gunner,Porton Down in Wiltshire. Basson doesnt buy the story... clever chap.[http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/download/id=29014.html]
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*1986 - Wrote "The Paras: The British Parachute Regiment" ISBN: 0853686998
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*1986 - Wrote "Uniforms Illustrated No.13: British Special Forces 1945 to the Present" ISBN: 9780853687856
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*1987-88 - Hanging out with Belgian Para-commando Regt; Home Office SRBD, Senior RSL; The National Front of Afghanistan (NIFA) Mujiahedeen
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*1987 - Hanging out with [[Legion of Frontiersmen]] - National Police Firearms instructor; receives Swedish SF qualification with Swedish FJS and German Airborne [http://www.ileta.com/Military.html]
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*"1988 - current"- Home Office (SRDB) Senior RSL. He claims to have worked in the "little known F6" Branch.  It is so "little known" that enquiries led to the result that - ''"... I have enquired extensively of HOSDB - the actual title of the Home Office research branch Shortt claims to have worked for - and they have no knowledge of him."''
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*1988 - Started fulltime with IBA in 1988 after return fro...[http://s1.reunion.com/ibahq] ;started the training of (still communist) Polish government and corporate bodyguards [http://www.ibauk.com/About/WhosWho/tabid/56/Default.aspx]
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*1988 - Wrote "Special Forces Insignia: British and Commonwealth Units: an Illustrated Reference Guide for Collectors" ISBN: 0853688753
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*1988-89 - Hanging out in Afghanistan with the Swedish Defence Force on Op Mistral [''Which I still think was really in the Balkans.'']Khost AFG 1988 – the Lordship of Castleshort http://home.earthlink.net/~rggsibiba/html/castleshort/castleshort.html
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*1989 - Hanging out in Cameroon
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*1989 - Hanging out in Pogera and Papua New Guinea
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*1989 - (February) - Hanging out in Russia
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*1989 - Year's end - started a training facility in Poland and (still communist) Estonia [http://www.ibauk.com/About/WhosWho/tabid/56/Default.aspx]
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*1990 - He was briefly a "bodyguard" to Lennart Meri in June 1990 but he soon moved on. [http://edwardlucas.blogspot.com/2007/06/leon-aron-book-review.html]
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*1990 - took over IBA when [[Lucien Victor Ott|Ott]] died; started training bodyguards in (still communist) Latvia, and Lithuania [http://www.ibauk.com/About/WhosWho/tabid/56/Default.aspx]
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*1990 - Swedish MoD anti [[Spetznaz]] group instructor
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*1991 - Hanging out in and working in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan
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*1992 - establishes the '''''Bureau of Military Training''''' to "provide the training method of the International Bodyguard Association for Military Units"; The '''"''Counter-Terror Group''''' of the '''''International Law Enforcement Training Agency''''' (ILETA) working with the IBA" takes over the training of Special operations units in the former Soviet Union such as 'Alpha','Berkut', 'Sokol', 'Titan', 'OMON', 'Mongoose', 'GRAD', 'SOBR', 'SOG', SIG-Omega' after the CTT is decommissioned. Ukrainian National Guard Spetsnaz School and CAT teams of various Presidential Guards became the full responsibility of this organization.[http://www.ileta.com/Military.html]
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*1992 - Heads the instruction of special "Counter-Terrorist" as well as "Anti-Terrorist" projects in Afghanistan at the "urgent request of the Afghan Minister of Defence"
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*1992 – IBA finds a representative in the USA – Signal 8 http://www.signal8security.com/profile.html
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*1993 - works for Prince Karl-Wladimir Karageorgevitch (Nephew of King Peter II) at the royal court in former Yugoslavia. [http://ryoishintoryu.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=16&Itemid=30]
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*1994 - Gives interview to Finnish martial arts mag ''BudoExpress'' wherein it recounts his service in [[Northern Ireland]] and the [[Falklands War]].
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 +
*1994 - Riga, 1st Bodyguarding Championships hosted by the Interior Ministry of the Government of Latvia, wreath-laying service for OTT, in attendence: a uniformed escort drawn from "C" Squadron of the Legion of Frontiersmen and a military piper provided by the Royal Eoghanacht Galloglas Guard [http://www.ibaitalia.it/Storia%20Campionato.htm]; He was also a guest lecturer on ballistic injury and it`s management to a number of British police forces.[http://web.archive.org/web/20050510154232/http://www.ibafin.net/related.html]
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*1995 - Self-ennobled, i.e. picked up the baron gig; decides to finally publish IBA doctrine in English - till than all publications were in French and German (none can be found though) [http://www.iba-deutschland.de/files/iba-baron-castleshorts-instructional-notes.pdf ]
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*1995 - sends a '''''Mobile Training Team''''' to the United National Forces at Tuzla, Bosnia in the former Yugoslavia to train element of the (scandinavian) United Nations and European Union Forces as bodyguards.[http://www.ileta.com/Military.html], [http://ryoishintoryu.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=16&Itemid=30]
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*1995 - EUCOM, Stuttgart, 2nd International BG Championship [http://www.ibaitalia.it/Storia%20Campionato.htm] sponsored by: Mercedes, "Soldier of Fortune" Magazine and yes, the Irish Distillers Ltd.
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*1995-Present - General flitting around the globe plying his trade to anyone who's naive enough to be taken in, with occasional appearances at the [[Russian Summer Ball]], of which he is a committee member.
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*1996 - St. Petersburg, RUSSIAN ARMED FORCES SPORTS CENTRE No. 4, 3rd International BG Championship [http://www.ibaitalia.it/Storia%20Campionato.htm]; training MVD special-unit SOBR[http://www.iba-deutschland.de/german/j_shortt.php]
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 +
*1997 - Bologna, 4rth International BG Championship, Sponsors: the Irish Brewers of "Murphys" e.a. [http://www.ibaitalia.it/Storia%20Campionato.htm]
 +
 
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*1997-98 - September 1997 and March 1998, interviewed for book on BW "Plague Wars"[http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/download/id=29014.html]
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*1998 - Kiev, 5th International BG Championship, hosted by the Presidential Guard of the Republic of Ukraine and the Central Dynamo committee (sic) of the Republic of Ukraine.[http://www.ibaitalia.it/Storia%20Campionato.htm]
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 +
*1999 -  Pirbright, 6th International BG Championship, at Bisley Camp (home of the National Rifle Association) Accommodations at Alexander Barracks (1 Army Training Regt.)[http://www.ibaitalia.it/Storia%20Campionato.htm]
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*2000 - Oslo, 7th International BG Championship, at the headquarters of HV 024, the traditional bodyguards of the Norwegian Crown Prince [http://www.ibaitalia.it/Storia%20Campionato.htm]
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*2002 – Claims that the IBA became an Associate Corporate Partner of FBI National Academy- http://www.ibacroatia.com/?c=html&s=more&id=8 
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*2002 - writes "Special fighters of Darkness - professional fight terrorism", ISBN: 978-4062113540, published in Japan... ''"Things are easy when you're big in japan, when you're big in Japaaaan"''
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*2004 – awarded the Vitez Rend for his active role in dismantling communism.  (see reference to it by Jimbo in 2006 – Budapest.
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 +
also
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:“During 2004, the IBA in addition to their regular courses trained classes of Iraqi Police, Cambodian Police, elements of the US Army’s 1st Special Forces Group, Bodyguard for United Nations Security and Bodyguards and drivers for The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).”  From http://www.ibacaribbean.com/aboutus.html
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* 2005 - Invitation no less to instruct in Mongolia – posted November 6, 2005 on http://ibahq.blogspot.com/2005/11/september-2005.html
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* 2006 – Italy – joint Covert Surveillance course with ILETA and IBA
 +
* Ukraine – Master Bodyguard course sponsored Ukrainian veterans of United Nations Police at the TITAN Special Forces Base with Berkyt Interior Ministry Special Forces providing the gymnasium.
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* Budapest - Vitez Rend (Hungarian Order of Knights) Ball at the Palace in Budapest and jimbo claims, “The Director General was awarded the Order of the Vitez Rend in 2004 for his active role in the dismantling of communism government in Easteran and Central Europe.”  Stunning… a knighthood from the Pope and a Knighthood all for ending communism!  - posted February 28, 2006 on http://ibahq.blogspot.com/2006/02/january-2006.html
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* Riga Latvia, Jimbo shows up for the dinner – dressed up in the tartan kilt from http://www.ibabodyguards.com/index.php?option=com_ponygallery&Itemid=43&func=detail&id=85
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* 2008  – Releases DVD on Tactical Firearms – shows the hotel at Castle Bellingham as  Castle Cosy? 
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- Dresses up in CF Arid Pattern while in Slovenia.  See
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[http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/download/id=24441.html here]
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==Business Claims, Clients and Affiliations==
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Shortt and the IBA claim some interesting business links on the various websites
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[http://www.ibabodyguards.com/images/files/iba_2009-course-program.pdf IBA][http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/download/id=28445.html IBA-homepage] [http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/download/id=28444.html IBA-Slovenia homepage] [http://web.archive.org/web/20070702072733/www.ibacroatia.com/partneri.html IBA-Croatia]. All very persuasive stuff for potential clients, assuring them that the IBA is indeed worth employing in either an operational or training capacity [all funds to Baron Castleshort, please]. 
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There's just one wee problem with that: when ARRSE started checking these accreditations and pretty logos posted by the IBA, it seems that '''some''' of the organisations have never heard of Jim Shortt, Baron Castleshort or indeed the IBA.  Here's a selection: and let's see what all that actually means.
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*'''United Nations Security Training Provider''' [http://www.ibabodyguards.net/index.php] - WOW. Did the Pope fix that for him? Possibly it's actually the next one ...
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*'''EU at the United Nations'''[http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/download/id=28444.html] - The European Commission at the UN is hard-pressed to find any evidence that the IBA ever provided them with any training. '''OOOPS...'''
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*'''Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe - Training Provider'''. [http://www.ibabodyguards.net/index.php ] Work in progress.
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*'''Registered with the Union of International Organisations in Bruxelles'''. [http://www.ibabodyguards.com/images/files/iba_2009-course-program.pdf] Apparently not, according to the UIA website [http://www.uia.be/,]. '''OOOPS.....'''
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*'''Microsoft Corporation Security Training Provider, Vendor No. 002136969'''. [http://web.archive.org/web/20070702072733/www.ibacroatia.com/partneri.html Here, and other locations]- Letter of Recommendation from the Microsoft Executive Security Team [http://www.ibanagreatlakes.com/feedback.html]: does that even exist? Google says: NO. So who is/was Stephen A Hall, Security Program Manager, Microsoft Executive Security Team? Still, there's a picture of Bill Gates on the IBA websites, so that's OK ... '''possibly'''.
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*'''FBI National Academy Associates Corporate Partner No. 22.'''[http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/download/id=28444.html]  '''Not''' listed on the FBI NAA Website as a Corporate Partner [http://www.fbinaa.org/public/articles/details.cfm?id=4].  The FBI have now confirmed [as at 8 Feb 09] that Shortt was '''never''' an FBI National Academy Graduate, the IBA have '''NEVER''' been Corporate Sponsors, or any way involved with the FBI National Academy, and that the Logo on the website is a very bad copy of the real FBI National Academy Logo. Add '''Copyright Violation''' to the list of reasons you may be refused entry to the USA.  '''OOOOPS ....'''
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*'''International Association of Chiefs of Police''' [http://www.theiacp.org/]''- "a long term active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police."''  '''NOT''' - checks at the highest level reveal he is not, and never has been a member - that's checked with UK, Ireland '''and''' the HQ in the USA.  '''OOOPS....'''
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*'''California University of Protection and Intelligence Management.''' [http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/download/id=28444.html] Now re-named as Henley-Putnam University - IBA Slovenia used logo with claim to be Business Partner [major website amendment Jan 09 removed that aspect].  On 9 Feb 09 ''"I have been informed by the founder of CUPIM/Henley-Putnam University that we do not have any affiliation with the International Bodyguard Association."''  '''OOOPS...'''
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*'''Co-Editor of "Eye Spy" magazine''', according to IBA-Deutchland [prior to website amendments in Jan 09] ''"Jim Shortt wrote about six pieces from 2002-2005 It was discovered not everything about him was quite right - especially his alleged service with the SAS. For this reason he was asked about a number of comments but never got a response. Therefore Jim Shortt was removed as a consultant and has not published anything since."''  '''OOOOPS...'''
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*'''International Law Enforcement Training Agency.''' [http://www.ileta.com/History.html]  No problem there; it was founded back in 1976 as part of the old Combat Training Team, and Shortt was the primary instructor. I guess the IBA would approve of a part of itself - the usual Shortt self-licking lollipop.
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*'''New College Swindon [UK] SIA Training provider''' [http://www.newcollege.ac.uk/courses/part_time/search_results.php?keywords=bodyguard&Go2.x=25&Go2.y=6&Go2=Go]. - New College remains adamant that the IBA has a "good reputation in the industry" but admits (indirectly) that it is not SIA-approved. At least on that one the SIA agrees:  '''OOOPS...'''
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*'''Security Industry Authority Licensed Training Provider.'''  SIA: ''"Unfortunately I cannot seem to find The International Bodyguard association on our register of approved contractors."'' [http://www.the-sia.org.uk/home/enforcement/logo_abuse.htm ] No cigar here...and possibly a £5000 fine?  '''OOOPS....'''
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*'''Australian Institute of Public Safety.'''  Work in progress - they have a "Stolen Valour Act".
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*'''AGS-Groep, Agency of Global Security.''' [http://www.ibabodyguards.net/index.php] Dutch - work in progress
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*'''AGS-Freightwatch, The Cargo Security Company.''' [http://www.ibabodyguards.net/index.php]Dutch - See AGS-Groep above.
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*'''Meldkamer Vlaardingen'''. [http://www.ibabodyguards.net/index.php] Dutch private alarm monitoring service, they also do track-and-trace and similar.  They do link to the IBA from their homepage [http://www.meldkamervlaardingen.nl here].  See AGS-Groep above.
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*'''European Security Management Centre.''' [http://www.ibabodyguards.net/index.php] Dutch - See AGS-Groep above.
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*'''Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills,Reg.No. 10792 - DIUS:''' [http://web.archive.org/web/20070702072733/www.ibacroatia.com/partneri.html] ''"After searching our records I am unable to locate any file past or present for the IBA confirming it is recognised or registered by the DIUS Register of Education and Training Providers. In addition the registration number quoted by the IBA organisation belongs to a different organisation."'' '''OOOPS''' ...
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*'''IBA International Maritime Course Module and Yacht Security, MS09/1''' [http://www.ibabodyguards.com/images/files/iba_2009-course-program.pdf] "In conjunction with Camper & Nicholsons International" [http://www.cnconnect.com/] - a second call to Camper & Nicholson resulted in them "''informing their Maltese Boat yard about this, and  their own legal department are going to chase Shortt & the IBA.''"  '''OOOPS''' ....
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*'''Office of the High Representative in Bosnia&Herzegovina''' - work in progress
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In fact, it's looking like a HUGE case of ''caveat emptor'' - if you have a few months to wade through the fog, and discover that most of it is almost certainly untrue, you might '''just''' be inclined to look somewhere else.  Once you've stopped laughing, and cleaned the monitor and keyboard, of course.  
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Dubious? Moi?

Please list here any dubious claims James Shortt has made about his military career, titles of nobility, orders, decorations, martial arts expertise etc. Please add any reference to the source where available.

General Claims

  • James Shortt has a Papal Knighthood. He is a member of the Irish Papal Awards Association and the UK Association of Papal Knights having been created a Knight Commander of St Gregory by Pope John Paul II in recognition for his work in towards moving the Cold War to an end. This is stated on an IBA Bodyguards Website here.
  • James Shortt served with B Sqn, 21 SAS. Whilst there he was asked to write a book about the SAS. Noted here.
  • James Shortt apparently cannot remember his Service Number. Private Eye 1228 page 28 gives it as 24550634 which is about right for the year. It is a man's number, not an officer's so he got rapid promotion, didn't he? Some of us can remember our wife's Service Number... in fact, Shortt remembers his service number all too well but is reluctant to disclose it as it indicates when he joined the army - i.e., 1980 - and also ties to a service record that is not in any sense illustrious, in that it demonstrates that he did not, in reality, undertake any training at all.
  • The whole monk thing, as one of the schools he mentions stopped his age group of students long before Jimbo got there.
  • The whole paramedic thing, as although he was apparently once a SRN, the Paramedic is a more complex subject.
  • The whole martial art thing, as his credentials are suspect as to their lineage.
  • The whole "he is the savior of Savate" thing: The Baron of Castleshort is the Patron of the Great Britain B.F.-Savate Federation. In fact he hasn't been heard of ever since that night of 17th March 1998 when he attended the inaugurating meeting...
  • The whole military career thing, as not one shred of evidence has been provided except for a few outdated letters and some pics with various uniforms on. PCAU records at Brize Norton show... nada.
  • The whole baronial title thing, as it (again) is suspect to its legitimacy and recognition with... umm... Burke's Peerage.
  • The whole honours and gong thing, as not one award or honour can be verified with its fount honours.
  • The whole Lucien Ott thing - and other so called 'experts' that he hung with in the '70s and '80s, as they too have got holes in their stories one can drive a train through.
  • The whole IBA thing, as it appears to be a one man show with a few underlings that create websites and have dubious pictures as their proof - and apparently operate out of residential homes and small business parks.
  • The IBA states on their homepage that they are a Security Industry Authority licensed Training Provider [1] - the SIA denies that claim.
  • Several of the IBA websites from Eastern Europe bear the logo of the FBI National Academy and the text "FBI National Academy Associates Corporate Partner 22". The FBI have confirmed Shortt was never an FBI National Academy Graduate, IBA have NEVER been Corporate Sponsors, or any way involved with the FBI National Academy, and the Logo on the website is a very bad copy of the real FBI National Academy Logo
  • The whole castle thing, as it appears that Jimbo likes hotels and golf course for addresses.
  • The whole Galoglas/Irish Brigade/McCarthy Mor thing as it's been pretty much shown to be a huge con.
  • The whole dressing up box thing has pretty much shown that he hasn't got a clue... like my gran used to say, 'You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.'
  • The Fellowship of Commerce and Industry which can be purchased here.
  • Claims he is a long term active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. "PA to Sir Ken Jones the Chief Con and Head of the International Association of Chiefs of Police in the UK has checked UK & Irish records, and her colleagues in the USA checked the Worldwide Membership list of the IACP & confirm that James Shortt has never held any membership with the IACP at all."
  • In one of his on-line CVs, the Baron claims that he is on the UK Register of Expert Witnesses, but his name cannot be found in the on-line database. Quelle surprise!
  • 'As security correspondent for South East Radio based out of Wexford', an agency that denies ever having heard of him. You would never believe it but I phoned South East Radio in Wexford & spoke to the News Team. They had never heard of James Shortt. They also stated that they did not have a Security Correspondent & that all of their News came from INN (Independent Network News in Dublin).
  • A photograph purporting [by its title] to be of HQ Sqn 21 SAS(V). Jim appears to be holding a Belgian Vigneron M2 sub-machine gun [Where did that come from?] The other is holding an SLR with carrying handle and sling-swivels [a SAS no-no]. The berets are laughable.
  • He, apparently, singlehandedly brought the martial art of savate (a garlic-flavoured chop socky with ranks noted by an increasing number of onions hung on a string around your neck) to the UK. And, for reasons that escape reason, his 'Gold Gloves'

The Shortlist of Shortt's Claims

To recap his alleged military service and claims of awards and honours: (A more detailed deconstruction of his claimed medal collection is HERE

Military

  • RMR - But a very special and elite unit that are under the auspices of the Army Cadets with para training.
  • Captain - Royal Marines (as reported by Jean Bultot ).
  • Colonel in Polska Niezalezna Brygada Rezerwowa (Polish Reserve Independent Brigade).
  • Light Colonel with the Cameroons.

Paramilitary

  • Commander/Colonel in the LoF (C Ceremonial Sqn until 1997 then reverted to Light Horse Detachment).

Titles

  • Baron Castleshort
  • Chevalier
  • Count [The 'o' is optional.]

Knighthoods

  • Royal Yugoslavian Order of St John
  • Knight Commander of Polonia Restituta (2nd division)
  • Knight Commander of St Gregory
  • Belgian Knight of the Crown

Honours & Awards

Belgium

  • Cross of King Albert
  • Cross of King Leopold
  • European Combatants Cross

Hungary

  • Hereditary Vitz Rend

Poland

  • Gold Cross of Merit with Crossed Swords
  • Cross of Independence & Freedom
  • Medal of Independence & Freedom
  • The Piludski and Sikorski Medals

Estonia/Latvia

  • Estonian White Cross (3rd Division)
  • Latvian Crimson Cross

Canada

Mentioned - but none named. Believed to be LoF.

New Zealand

Mentioned but none named. Believed to be LoF

Scotland

  • Bondsman of the Chief

Bosnia/Slovenia/Croatia/Serbia

  • An unnamed decoration from the Republic of Slovenia.

NATO

  • NATO Medal (clasp Former Yugoslavia)

Mongolia

  • Medal of Honour 1st Class

UK

Alleged to have received the QGM in 1977. Shortt hasn't claimed this on any website that I've seen but it's a story that came to ARRSE secondhand. Needless to say, Shortt's only mention in the London Gazette (July 6, 1988) does not relate to any form of honour, award, commission or appointment.

Faculty Appointments

  • Lecturer on Bodyguard Skills, University of South Africa, Pretoria (right after the fall of Apartheid)
  • Fellow of the Faculty of Commerce & Industry which can be purchased here

Countries Visited for Special Missions

... at the request of some over-paid Civil Serpent.

--Niner domestic 02:22, 4 October 2008 (BST)

Special Units trained

  • Estonia: Special Operations Group, Police Special Reserve Brigade
  • Latvia: Special Intervention Group OMEGA
  • Ukraine: ALFA BERKYT TITAN Manguse
  • Russia: SOBR OMON GRAD
  • Crimea (sic): SOKOL BERKYT KGB
  • USA: USAFE 'EST', USMC SRT, Charlie Coy; 10th SFG
  • Papua New Guinea: Police Reserve MAIP
  • Cameroon: Special Operations Group
  • Kuwait: Interior Ministry Unit
  • Spain: Halcon, CRS18
  • Belgium: Liege Anti-Bandit Unit; 20 Municipalities and Special Units
  • Thailand: Royal Thai Navy SEALS

as well as

  • British Constabularies: Metropolitan Police, Norfolk, Suffolk, Sussex, Devon & Cornwall and West Yorkshire in Police Defensive Tactics, Methods of Arrest and Restraint and Police Impact Weaponry
  • ...

[2]

and then he claims that OTT trained:

  • Germany: GSG-9, Lucien Ott moved to Munich in Germany and assisted in the training of GSG9 (German counter terrorist organisation) with Colonel Ulrich Wegner following the security fiasco of the 1972 Olympics. but he only mentioned that in his attempted IBA-entry on wiki - so it will be forgiven as mere name-dropping...

Shortt's Short Time

A Rough Timeline:

  • 1953 born on 17 September
  • 1959 - started studying Ryoi Shinto Ryu on 14 Nov[3] - that must have been painful if he remembers the exact date?
  • 1967 - Opened his first dojo at John Fisher School Gym (age 14)[4]
  • 1969-70 - Cadets
  • 1970 - moved to Ireland
  • 1970 - Brought savate to the UK after training with Count Pierre Baruzy (but that's from wikipedia so even more dubious than the usual 'Dubious Claim')- he was 16 at the time.
  • 1970-74 - Religious pursuit in a monastical order
  • 1970-75 - writes 'Beginning Jiu Jitsu', published in 1976 (co-authored with Katsuharu Hashimoto)[5] He writes it at St. Francis' monastery, Kilkenny, Ireland, during his time there as a Postulant monk. For the most part, the book has been put together in monasteries: St. Bonaventures in Cork; the Carmelite Priory at Aylesford, Kent; the Augustinian Recollect Monastery of St. Patrick, Rome; The Franciscan Capuchin Monasteries, Assissi; in Florence as well as the Redentore Monastery on the Isle of Giudecca in the lagoon of Venice. Wow, well traveled monk(ey business).[6]
  • 1972 - runs the Koryu Jujutsu section of Kilkenney Judo club[7]
  • 1973 - establishes dojo at St Bonaventure's monastery, Victoria Cross, Co Cork [8]
  • 1974 - early publication in Black Belt Dec 1974 by "Brother Seamus Shortt" [9][10]
  • 1974 - Took LOA from monastery to do nursing course
  • 1973-74 - Croydon School of Nursing
  • 1974-78 - Mayday University Hospital
  • 1975 - return to the UK; reopens the Croydon dojo in the old Parish Hall of St John the Baptist (RC) Church in Purley [11]; founds the Service Training Team (later Combat Training Team) at Royal Marine Depot, Deal which takes "a pro-active approach to combat skills(CQB, Combat Survival & Combat Medicine). It was responsible for training thousands of NATO & non-NATO servicemen including elite units such as Airborne Forces, Commandos and Special Forces. From 1981 until 1991 the Team specialised in the training of anti-spetsnaz and counter-spetsnaz units."[12] It exists till 1991.
  • 1975 - writes "Jijitsu A synpotic History - By Seamus Shortt" for the Karate & Oriental Arts issue 53, March/April 1975[13]
  • 1975- 82 - Hanging around Deal with Bernie Finan as the Director of Training for CTT and consultant for RM
  • 1976 - Left monastical order after meeting future wife - got married
  • 1976 - "badged" Parachute Regiment, no record of this can be found so far - presumed an Adult Instructor [civilian] with an Army Cadet Force unit that wore the Para capbadge, which explains the rather coy "badged" terminology.
  • 1976-1985 - Head of the Police Defensive Tactics Study Group of the Combat Training Team [14] [aka International Law Enforcement Training Agency - ILETA] responsible for training Police officers from the following British Constabularies: Metropolitan Police, Norfolk, Suffolk, Sussex, Devon & Cornwall and West Yorkshire in Police Defensive Tactics, Methods of Arrest and Restraint, Police Impact Weaponry.
  • 1978 - Senior Protection Officer
  • 1979 - Founder "Comite National de Boxe Francaise - Savate et D.A. La Grande Bretagne et La Irlande" under the auspices of Comte BARUZY and the Federation Francaise de Boxe Francaise-Savate et D.A. (FFBF-S et DA) or in other words: "In 1979 Jim arranged for the first "British" Savate team to visit France for a competition. The group consisted of 18 team members of which 8 actually fought French opponents (Jim, of course, did not take part himself, he just watched the whole team get a good kicking!)[15]" Well done Jim! He also studied La Canne at USM Viroflay (near Versaillais)...
  • 1979 - Wrote "Beginning Ju-Jitsu: Ryoi-Shinto Style" ISBN: 0901764426, RM Deal Combat Training Team RM Deal
  • 1980 - Aug-Oct attached to 21 SAS(v)(#24550634) than: Service no longer required (SNLR)
  • 1981 - Wrote "The Special Air Service (Men at Arms Series, 116)ISBN: 08504539681983
  • 1981 - Training 4 SBS[16], London; RM Stonehouse, Plymouth; Bayonet Pugil Training, Commando Training Center, Belgium
  • 1981 - Wrote "Special Forces Insignia" ISBN: 0853688753
  • 1980-84 - Captain of the Irish-British savate team
  • 1980-83 - Contracted to train units of the United States Army and Air Force
  • 1982 - writes article on jiu-jitsu for nurses in "Nursing Times", April 21, gives address as 486 Brighton Road, South Croydon, Surrey [17]
  • 1982-83 - Belgian anti-gang unit
  • 1982-87 - CTT training for Household Division Centralized Courses (under then Major

Tim Spicer), also trained 1 and 10 Para in 1982, and HAC in 1982 at Pirbright, and PT wing CTC Lympstone in 1982 [18]

  • 1982-88 - instructor to the SAS for unarmed combat, close combat, bayonet and military medicine during selection and instructor's courses in Pirbright.[19]
  • 1983 - January; works for (as Director?) the International Combat Military Advisor Group Combat Training Team ICMAG/CTT [20]; the president of the ICMAG is/later becomes Baron Pierre Baruzzy (aka Count Pierre Baruzy, or Comte Baruzy), Jimbos Savate teacher. Vice President is Lucien Ott [21]
  • 1983 - training Belgian Para-Commandos at Marche-les-Dames [22]
  • 1983-87 - Hanging out with Sir Peter Austin as Director of Projects for Special Training Services fielding counter-terrorist projects in Algeria, Nigeria, Kuwait and the US. Actually, one ARRSE reports that his role was to brief teams that went overseas for that extraordinary company on medical and country intel before they went off to do their thing.
  • 1984 - Wrote "Essential Handbook to Self Defence" ISBN: 0283989912
  • 1985 - Trained Irish Guards HDCC Pirbright; He was appointed a regional scientific lecturer (a senior RSA grade) of the regional scientific organisation of the department F6 of the Home Office, resposible for the training of the scientific adviser of the British regional seats of government in time of national emergency or war. In August 1985, James chaired the military session of the "2nd World Congress on Chemical & Biological Weapons" held at the University of Ghent, representing, no less, the British Home Office. [23]; worked for STS manning a stand at a military medical exhibition in Bloomsbury, London - meets Wouter Basson there. STS reports meeting to MI6 who send Jim on a one day’s NBC course at Winterbourne Gunner,Porton Down in Wiltshire. Basson doesnt buy the story... clever chap.[24]
  • 1986 - Wrote "The Paras: The British Parachute Regiment" ISBN: 0853686998
  • 1986 - Wrote "Uniforms Illustrated No.13: British Special Forces 1945 to the Present" ISBN: 9780853687856
  • 1987-88 - Hanging out with Belgian Para-commando Regt; Home Office SRBD, Senior RSL; The National Front of Afghanistan (NIFA) Mujiahedeen
  • 1987 - Hanging out with Legion of Frontiersmen - National Police Firearms instructor; receives Swedish SF qualification with Swedish FJS and German Airborne [25]
  • "1988 - current"- Home Office (SRDB) Senior RSL. He claims to have worked in the "little known F6" Branch. It is so "little known" that enquiries led to the result that - "... I have enquired extensively of HOSDB - the actual title of the Home Office research branch Shortt claims to have worked for - and they have no knowledge of him."
  • 1988 - Started fulltime with IBA in 1988 after return fro...[26] ;started the training of (still communist) Polish government and corporate bodyguards [27]
  • 1988 - Wrote "Special Forces Insignia: British and Commonwealth Units: an Illustrated Reference Guide for Collectors" ISBN: 0853688753
  • 1989 - Hanging out in Cameroon
  • 1989 - Hanging out in Pogera and Papua New Guinea
  • 1989 - (February) - Hanging out in Russia
  • 1989 - Year's end - started a training facility in Poland and (still communist) Estonia [28]
  • 1990 - He was briefly a "bodyguard" to Lennart Meri in June 1990 but he soon moved on. [29]
  • 1990 - took over IBA when Ott died; started training bodyguards in (still communist) Latvia, and Lithuania [30]
  • 1990 - Swedish MoD anti Spetznaz group instructor
  • 1991 - Hanging out in and working in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan
  • 1992 - establishes the Bureau of Military Training to "provide the training method of the International Bodyguard Association for Military Units"; The "Counter-Terror Group of the International Law Enforcement Training Agency (ILETA) working with the IBA" takes over the training of Special operations units in the former Soviet Union such as 'Alpha','Berkut', 'Sokol', 'Titan', 'OMON', 'Mongoose', 'GRAD', 'SOBR', 'SOG', SIG-Omega' after the CTT is decommissioned. Ukrainian National Guard Spetsnaz School and CAT teams of various Presidential Guards became the full responsibility of this organization.[31]
  • 1992 - Heads the instruction of special "Counter-Terrorist" as well as "Anti-Terrorist" projects in Afghanistan at the "urgent request of the Afghan Minister of Defence"
  • 1993 - works for Prince Karl-Wladimir Karageorgevitch (Nephew of King Peter II) at the royal court in former Yugoslavia. [32]
  • 1994 - Riga, 1st Bodyguarding Championships hosted by the Interior Ministry of the Government of Latvia, wreath-laying service for OTT, in attendence: a uniformed escort drawn from "C" Squadron of the Legion of Frontiersmen and a military piper provided by the Royal Eoghanacht Galloglas Guard [33]; He was also a guest lecturer on ballistic injury and it`s management to a number of British police forces.[34]
  • 1995 - Self-ennobled, i.e. picked up the baron gig; decides to finally publish IBA doctrine in English - till than all publications were in French and German (none can be found though) [35]
  • 1995 - sends a Mobile Training Team to the United National Forces at Tuzla, Bosnia in the former Yugoslavia to train element of the (scandinavian) United Nations and European Union Forces as bodyguards.[36], [37]
  • 1995 - EUCOM, Stuttgart, 2nd International BG Championship [38] sponsored by: Mercedes, "Soldier of Fortune" Magazine and yes, the Irish Distillers Ltd.
  • 1995-Present - General flitting around the globe plying his trade to anyone who's naive enough to be taken in, with occasional appearances at the Russian Summer Ball, of which he is a committee member.
  • 1996 - St. Petersburg, RUSSIAN ARMED FORCES SPORTS CENTRE No. 4, 3rd International BG Championship [39]; training MVD special-unit SOBR[40]
  • 1997 - Bologna, 4rth International BG Championship, Sponsors: the Irish Brewers of "Murphys" e.a. [41]
  • 1997-98 - September 1997 and March 1998, interviewed for book on BW "Plague Wars"[42]
  • 1998 - Kiev, 5th International BG Championship, hosted by the Presidential Guard of the Republic of Ukraine and the Central Dynamo committee (sic) of the Republic of Ukraine.[43]
  • 1999 - Pirbright, 6th International BG Championship, at Bisley Camp (home of the National Rifle Association) Accommodations at Alexander Barracks (1 Army Training Regt.)[44]
  • 2000 - Oslo, 7th International BG Championship, at the headquarters of HV 024, the traditional bodyguards of the Norwegian Crown Prince [45]
  • 2002 - writes "Special fighters of Darkness - professional fight terrorism", ISBN: 978-4062113540, published in Japan... "Things are easy when you're big in japan, when you're big in Japaaaan"
  • 2004 – awarded the Vitez Rend for his active role in dismantling communism. (see reference to it by Jimbo in 2006 – Budapest.

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“During 2004, the IBA in addition to their regular courses trained classes of Iraqi Police, Cambodian Police, elements of the US Army’s 1st Special Forces Group, Bodyguard for United Nations Security and Bodyguards and drivers for The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).” From http://www.ibacaribbean.com/aboutus.html
  • 2006 – Italy – joint Covert Surveillance course with ILETA and IBA
  • Ukraine – Master Bodyguard course sponsored Ukrainian veterans of United Nations Police at the TITAN Special Forces Base with Berkyt Interior Ministry Special Forces providing the gymnasium.
  • Budapest - Vitez Rend (Hungarian Order of Knights) Ball at the Palace in Budapest and jimbo claims, “The Director General was awarded the Order of the Vitez Rend in 2004 for his active role in the dismantling of communism government in Easteran and Central Europe.” Stunning… a knighthood from the Pope and a Knighthood all for ending communism! - posted February 28, 2006 on http://ibahq.blogspot.com/2006/02/january-2006.html
  • Riga Latvia, Jimbo shows up for the dinner – dressed up in the tartan kilt from http://www.ibabodyguards.com/index.php?option=com_ponygallery&Itemid=43&func=detail&id=85
  • 2008 – Releases DVD on Tactical Firearms – shows the hotel at Castle Bellingham as Castle Cosy?

- Dresses up in CF Arid Pattern while in Slovenia. See here

Business Claims, Clients and Affiliations

Shortt and the IBA claim some interesting business links on the various websites IBAIBA-homepage IBA-Slovenia homepage IBA-Croatia. All very persuasive stuff for potential clients, assuring them that the IBA is indeed worth employing in either an operational or training capacity [all funds to Baron Castleshort, please].

There's just one wee problem with that: when ARRSE started checking these accreditations and pretty logos posted by the IBA, it seems that some of the organisations have never heard of Jim Shortt, Baron Castleshort or indeed the IBA. Here's a selection: and let's see what all that actually means.

  • United Nations Security Training Provider [46] - WOW. Did the Pope fix that for him? Possibly it's actually the next one ...
  • EU at the United Nations[47] - The European Commission at the UN is hard-pressed to find any evidence that the IBA ever provided them with any training. OOOPS...
  • Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe - Training Provider. [48] Work in progress.
  • Registered with the Union of International Organisations in Bruxelles. [49] Apparently not, according to the UIA website [50]. OOOPS.....
  • Microsoft Corporation Security Training Provider, Vendor No. 002136969. Here, and other locations- Letter of Recommendation from the Microsoft Executive Security Team [51]: does that even exist? Google says: NO. So who is/was Stephen A Hall, Security Program Manager, Microsoft Executive Security Team? Still, there's a picture of Bill Gates on the IBA websites, so that's OK ... possibly.
  • FBI National Academy Associates Corporate Partner No. 22.[52] Not listed on the FBI NAA Website as a Corporate Partner [53]. The FBI have now confirmed [as at 8 Feb 09] that Shortt was never an FBI National Academy Graduate, the IBA have NEVER been Corporate Sponsors, or any way involved with the FBI National Academy, and that the Logo on the website is a very bad copy of the real FBI National Academy Logo. Add Copyright Violation to the list of reasons you may be refused entry to the USA. OOOOPS ....
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police [54]- "a long term active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police." NOT - checks at the highest level reveal he is not, and never has been a member - that's checked with UK, Ireland and the HQ in the USA. OOOPS....
  • California University of Protection and Intelligence Management. [55] Now re-named as Henley-Putnam University - IBA Slovenia used logo with claim to be Business Partner [major website amendment Jan 09 removed that aspect]. On 9 Feb 09 "I have been informed by the founder of CUPIM/Henley-Putnam University that we do not have any affiliation with the International Bodyguard Association." OOOPS...
  • Co-Editor of "Eye Spy" magazine, according to IBA-Deutchland [prior to website amendments in Jan 09] "Jim Shortt wrote about six pieces from 2002-2005 It was discovered not everything about him was quite right - especially his alleged service with the SAS. For this reason he was asked about a number of comments but never got a response. Therefore Jim Shortt was removed as a consultant and has not published anything since." OOOOPS...
  • International Law Enforcement Training Agency. [56] No problem there; it was founded back in 1976 as part of the old Combat Training Team, and Shortt was the primary instructor. I guess the IBA would approve of a part of itself - the usual Shortt self-licking lollipop.
  • New College Swindon [UK] SIA Training provider [57]. - New College remains adamant that the IBA has a "good reputation in the industry" but admits (indirectly) that it is not SIA-approved. At least on that one the SIA agrees: OOOPS...
  • Security Industry Authority Licensed Training Provider. SIA: "Unfortunately I cannot seem to find The International Bodyguard association on our register of approved contractors." [58] No cigar here...and possibly a £5000 fine? OOOPS....
  • Australian Institute of Public Safety. Work in progress - they have a "Stolen Valour Act".
  • AGS-Groep, Agency of Global Security. [59] Dutch - work in progress
  • AGS-Freightwatch, The Cargo Security Company. [60]Dutch - See AGS-Groep above.
  • Meldkamer Vlaardingen. [61] Dutch private alarm monitoring service, they also do track-and-trace and similar. They do link to the IBA from their homepage here. See AGS-Groep above.
  • European Security Management Centre. [62] Dutch - See AGS-Groep above.
  • Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills,Reg.No. 10792 - DIUS: [63] "After searching our records I am unable to locate any file past or present for the IBA confirming it is recognised or registered by the DIUS Register of Education and Training Providers. In addition the registration number quoted by the IBA organisation belongs to a different organisation." OOOPS ...
  • IBA International Maritime Course Module and Yacht Security, MS09/1 [64] "In conjunction with Camper & Nicholsons International" [65] - a second call to Camper & Nicholson resulted in them "informing their Maltese Boat yard about this, and their own legal department are going to chase Shortt & the IBA." OOOPS ....
  • Office of the High Representative in Bosnia&Herzegovina - work in progress

In fact, it's looking like a HUGE case of caveat emptor - if you have a few months to wade through the fog, and discover that most of it is almost certainly untrue, you might just be inclined to look somewhere else. Once you've stopped laughing, and cleaned the monitor and keyboard, of course.