The Army Gets It Right This Time

You know I get it, being an ex-military man myself; rules are rules and when they are broken people will get punished as a result of that. If all rules are subject to interpretation and extenuating circumstances, then essentially they cease being a real rule any longer. With that being said, I do believe in the rarest of instances and the most extenuating of circumstances a little leeway needs to be given to a person who broke the rules but was only doing what anyone who considers themselves a caring human being would have done in the same situation. The incident I am referring to had to do with the reprimand and dismissal from service of a veteran Special Forces soldier named Sergeant 1st Class Charles Martland.

The incident which led to Seargent Martland’s separation from service took place in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan in 2011. Seargent Martland was a highly decorated soldier and member of the elite Green Berets. It came to Martland and his team leader’s attention that there were some improper events that were taking place between an Afghani police commander and a local family.  Apparently the Afghani police officer had raped a young boy several times over the course of a few days and then severely beat his mother when she tried to stop him. When Seargent Martland and team leader Danny Quinn got word of the incident, they immediately confronted the Afghani police commander. They were met with an air of total arrogance from the police commander and when the Afghani police commander was so brash as to laugh about the incident it rightly enraged Martland and Quinn.

Charles MartlandIt was at this point that the confrontation became physical and Martland and Quinn crossed over a line. It was said that, during the physical confrontation, the Afghani police commander was eventually very forcefully shoved down to the ground. I am not sure about you, but when I read how these two Green Berets took matters into their own hands, I wanted to stand up and applaud. Many of us would have done far worse to that individual considering the seriousness of what he had done and the subsequent way he laughed it off. I actually commend these two individuals for what must have taken a lot of self-control to not take the physical confrontation to an even higher level.

After the incident, the two were taken out of Afghanistan. In the following months Sergeant Martland would receive a ‘letter of reprimand’ for his role in the incident and he was separated from the service. Was Sergeant Martland in the right? Absolutely not; but it was not an incident that was so extreme that it should have removed a highly decorated and skilled soldier from the service – especially not with all the conflicts America’s service members find themselves in these days.

Well, thanks to some strong support from many people that knew him and a big effort that was led by Congressman Duncan Hunter and his chief of staff, Joe Kasper, the Army reversed its decision and allowed Sergeant Martland to be reinstated into the Army. It was the right decision and it’s good to see the Army was willing to bend a little when it looked at a soldier’s character, service record and the extreme nature of the situation he was placed in.

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Craig Smith

Craig has been writing for several years but just recently made freelance writing a full time profession after leaving behind 26 years working in the swimming pool construction industry. He served four years in the US Air Force as an Imagery Interpreter Specialist in Okinawa, Japan and at SAC Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. As a staunch supporter of law enforcement personnel, emergency medical technicians, firemen, search and rescue personnel and those who serve in the military, Craig is proud to contribute to the US Patriot blog on their behalf.
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