The Army has reversed course and decided to allow Sgt. 1stÂ Class Charles Martland a Green Beret to stay in uniform, monthsÂ after his reprimand forÂ roughing up a child rapist in Afghanistan.
Sgt. 1stÂ Class Charles Martland found out last AugustÂ that he was toÂ be booted out of service, a casualty of theÂ Armyâ€™s Qualitative Management Program, an involuntary separation measure for soldiers with black marks on their records. Since then, the soldier has been fighting to remain in the Army.
The Army Board for Correction ofÂ Military Records reviewed Martlandâ€™s case and decided to removeÂ the soldier from the QMP list, confirmedÂ Army spokesman Lt. Col. Jerry PionkÂ in an emailed statement Thursday night.The board’s action “will allow him to remain in the Army,” Pionk said.
Martland has admitted he lost his cool on hisÂ 2011 deployment to Konduz province, Afghanistan. That’s when he and his captain struck anÂ Afghan local police officer â€”Â one who had allegedly confessed to raping a boyÂ and then beating the child’sÂ mother for telling authorities. Martland said that he and the detachment commander, Capt. Daniel Quinn, received a â€œrelief for causeâ€ from that 2011Â deploymentÂ for the assault, according toÂ documentation provided to Army Times.
Last year, the blemishÂ in his NCO evaluationÂ reportÂ from that incident flagged Martland for involuntary separation.
Martland appealed the Army’s decision to kick him out, and he quickly gained several high-profile supporters, includingÂ Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and theÂ Veterans ofÂ Foreign Wars.
“I am real thankful for being able to continue to serve,” heÂ told Fox News, which first broke the story. Â “I appreciate everything Congressman Duncan Hunter and his Chief of Staff, Joe Kasper did for me.”
We are all very happy to hear that what looked like a travesty of justice has been avoided. After all, throwing a beating on a child rapist is truly “De Oppresso Liber” isn’t it.