After an Afghan police commander admitted to repeatedly raping a little boy after chaining him to a bed for seven days, he was brought on base for questioning by Army Special Forces. When the commander laughed about his atrocities, in addition to beating the boy’s mother when she tried to intervene and stop him from assaulting her son, he got roughed up.
Now Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland, a Green Beret with 11 years of outstanding Army service, is being kicked out of the military as a result of doing the right thing.
“We have previously discussed several Army personnel issues and specific instances of meritless or retaliatory action taken by Army leadership. There’s a new case I would like to bring to your attention: Sergeant First Class (SFC) Charles Martland is being involuntarily separated from the Army for striking an Afghan Local Police (ALP) Commander for raping a young local boy and then beating the boy’s mother. SFC Martland has since acknowledged he was wrong strike the ALP commander, but, according to SFC Martland, he and others felt they could no longer stand by and allow the ALP to commit atrocities. To intervene was a moral decision, and SFC Martland and his Special Forces team felt they had no choice but to respond,” Rep. Duncan Hunter wrote in a letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter late last week.