Jessica Marie Watkins – US Army Ranger, Decorated Veteran, Afghanistan Vet, Blog of Shame


03/16/2021 by militaryphonies


Jessica Marie Watkins comes to us from Hilliard, Ohio. At the time of this writing, March 2021, Watkins is 38 years old.

Jessica served in the U.S. Army as a male – Jeremy David Watkins.  For purposes of this blog, we will refer to this individual as “Watkins” because some points apply reference during the time of military service and points others apply later when Watkins identified as a female.

Court records in Rochester, New York, show that Watkins changed his/her name to Jessica Marie Watkins in 2004.

Along with a boyfriend, Watkins owns and operates a bar called the “Jolly Roger” in Woodstock, Ohio.

Watkins has been in the news lately because of storming the U.S. Capital Building on January 6, 2021 as a member of Oathkeepers, being one of the first of three people being arrested and facing charges.  Watkins claims to have been providing security according to a CNN article.

Watkins has also said to have admitted to training Oathkeepers in some kind of boot camp military training.

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“The U.S. Army said Watkins served under the name Jeremy David Watkins as an infantryman in the U.S. Army from April 2001 to December 2003, including time in Afghanistan, an Army spokesman said.”

Watkins has been described as a “decorated Army vet.”

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“Watkins’ journey from decorated Army vet …”

“Records show Watkins served honorably in the Army under a different name, including duty in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2003. Court records in Rochester, New York, showed she changed her name to Jessica Marie Watkins in 2004. She also lived in Fayetteville, North Carolina, serving as a first responder with emergency medical training, before settling in Woodstock about three years ago.”

Watkins has also been described as an Army Ranger.

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“The Oath Keeper and former Army Ranger had earlier organized her own militia group.”

Several people had reported this and asked for clarification on Watkins military service wanting the truth.

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Jeremy David Watkin’s military records were ordered through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

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FOIA Result – NPRC – Jeremy Watkins – Summary Sheet

FOIA Result – NPRC – Jeremy Watkins – Assignments

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DoD Manpower Data Center / SCRA Results – Jeremy Watkins

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Watkin’s military records show a short enlistment, which usually indicates an early discharge. Also of interest is that he was discharged as a Private after serving 2 years 5 months and 24 days of military service. 


Although the records do not indicate this, we were told by the NPRC that he served in Afghanistan from September 20, 2002 to December 4, 2002.  This is an extremely short deployment which may indicate a problem other than being wounded, but there is no Purple Heart award in the records.


The odd thing is that Watkins has no National Defense Service Medal (NDSM) nor a Global War on Terrorism – Expeditionary Medal (GWOT-EM).

NOTE: The Character of Discharge is something that is not releasable under the FOIA guidelines.  However, the Department of the Army regulations state: “Veterans or next of kin of deceased veterans who were discharged under other than honorable conditions are not entitled to any medals earned during the less than honorable period of service.”

This would explain the lack of certain awards and leads us to believe that the circumstances surrounding Watkins leaving the Army places some doubt on the “decorated vet” statement made in the press.


Although Watkins has the Parachutists Badge, it does not appear that Watkins finished RIP training. An Army Ranger that served with BATT his entire career tells us that RIP – now RASP – is just to get to BATT. He then said you have to serve for two years before you can call yourself a Ranger and there is no six-month fast track.  In other words – graduate RASP and serve in BATT for 2 years.

We have also heard the argument that if anyone that has served in Ranger Regiment –  tab or no tab – is a Ranger.  The Ranger tab is just a three-month school.


We wanted to get the truth out and let people decide what constitutes a “decorated vet” and Army Ranger.

We have found that the Oathkeepers have always seemed to be a band of misfits, embellishers, and military wannabes.  Although they do have veterans, there always seems to be a pattern of questionable past behavior that seems to undermine the narrative of veterans that served with high distinction.

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Jessica Watkins – Mugshot

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