The U.S. Army is kicking out a decorated Green Beret after an 11-year Special Forces career, after he got in trouble for shoving an Afghan police commander accused of raping a boy and beating up his mother when she reported the incident.
The case of Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland now has the attention of Congress, with Rep. Duncan Hunter writing to Defense Secretary Ash Carter challenging the decision.
“I am once again dismayed by the Army’s actions in this case,” Hunter, R-Calif., wrote in a letter to Carter.
But his Army career changed course during his second deployment to Afghanistan in 2011. After learning an Afghan boy was raped and his mother beaten, Martland and his team leader confronted a local police commander they had trained, armed and paid with U.S. taxpayer dollars. When the man laughed off the incident, they physically confronted him.
They were punished by the Army at the time — but why exactly Martland is now being discharged is a matter of dispute. Army sources cited his accolades, including being named runner-up for 2014 Special Warfare Training Group Instructor of the Year from a pool of 400 senior leaders in Special Forces, in questioning the decision.
As for the incident in 2011, Hunter told Carter: “To intervene was a moral decision, and SFC Martland and his Special Forces team felt they had no choice but to respond.”
Hunter goes on to add:
“It’s sad to think that a child rapist is put above one of our elite military operators. Sergeant Martland was left with no other choice but to intervene in a bad situation. … The Army should stand up for what’s right and should not side with a corrupt Afghan police officer,” Hunter told Fox News.
So let me get this straight:
- Martland graduated in 2006 from Special Forces Qualification Course, one of the U.S. military’s toughest training programs and became a jumpmaster, combat diver and sniper.
- He served on missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- He was awarded a Bronze Star for valor on a mission when vehicles were hit with an IED and ambushed by the Taliban.
- He was “praised” by Gen. David Petraeus.
- He stopped a “scumbag” from killing a young boy.
- He was named runner-up for 2014 Special Warfare Training Group Instructor of the Year from a pool of 400 senior leaders in Special Forces.
WOW! Sounds like a pretty solid leader to me.
So where’s the problem? Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland has been fighting to stay in the Army.
In February 2015, the Army conducted a “Qualitative Management Program” review board. His supporters suspect because Martland had a “relief for cause” evaluation in his service record, the U.S. Army ordered Martland to be “involuntary discharged” from the Army by Nov. 1, 2015.
Well, it seems now that Obama is downsizing our military and cutting personnel, having ANYONE expelled or kicked out for “minor infractions” (you know like pushing some accused scumbag to the ground after he raped a 12 yr old boy) would make his numbers look better. Obama could say he didn’t cut Martland; Martland was let go. Oh, O.K. I get it!
Written by Nancy Hayes
Follow on Twitter: @bodybynance
Sign up to get alerts from Joe!