Army Green Beret Charles Martland was told that he would be kicked out of the Army for his part in beating up a child rapist during a deployment, but he didn’t take this decision well and made sure to do everything in his power to change it. Now it turns out that Martland will be allowed to stay in the Army after fighting to keep his position.
Army Times shared the details about how Martland will not be kicked out of the Army. Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland originally found out last August that he was getting kicked out, but he has fought it ever since. This was because of the Army’s Qualitative Management Program, an involuntary separation measure for soldiers with black marks on their records.
Ever since Charles Martland found out that he was being kicked out, Martland has fought to keep this from happening. The Army Board for Correction of Military Records finally reviewed his case, and now he can stay in the Army.
This entire time, Charles Martland has not denied that he did what got him kicked out. He was deployed to Afghanistan and says he did lose his cool while he was there. Martland and his captain both struck an Afghan local police officer. This officer allegedly admitted that he had raped a boy and then also beat the child’s mother because she went to the authorities. This boy was just 12 at the time. Capt. Daniel Quinn decided to resign from the military after this happened. They were both disciplined for the confrontation. Martland started out with appeals, but these failed, so he then petitioned the Army’s records correction board to stay in the Army.
This all went down back in 2011, but just last year this case ended up flagging Charles Martland for an involuntary separation from the Army. When this happened, Charles Martland appealed their decision to kick him out of the Army immediately, but it took a long time to get this final decision from the corrections board. Washington Times shared what Charles Martland said in a statement last year:
“Kicking me out of the Army is morally wrong, and the entire country knows it. While I understand that a military lawyer can say that I was legally wrong, we felt a moral obligation to act.”
When it comes to getting in trouble, this was the only negative thing in Martland’s file. This is why he argued that this should be removed from his service jacket and not be held against him. On his evaluation, it stated, “Demonstrated poor judgment, resulting in a physical altercation with a corrupt ALP member. Judgment and situational awareness was lacking during an isolated instance.”
Charles Martland has picked up the support of several people, including Rep. Duncan Hunter. He also happens to be a former Marine and was in both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He feels like Martland now has a future in the Army. After the decision about Martland came down, Hunter shared his thoughts:
“This is the absolute right decision and I commend the Army for showing true leadership. Charles did what anyone in a similar situation should do, he stood up for a defenseless child. That should never put his career in jeopardy.”
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