Army secretary delays separation of Green Beret who beat up Afghan child molester
The Green Beret getting kicked out of the Army for beating an alleged child rapist in Afghanistan has been given a 60-day reprieve, the Army said late Tuesday.
Army Secretary John McHugh "agreed to postpone Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland's discharge from the Army for 60 days to allow him to file an appeal with the Army Board for the Correction of Military Records," the Army said in a statement.
The decision was made after Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, spoke with and wrote a letter to McHugh. The decision was "out of respect for Chairman Thornberry's continued strong support for our military and his personal appeal," according to the Army statement.
Martland and his then-detachment commander admitted to attacking an Afghan local police commander in Kunduz province in 2011. Martland, a Bronze Star recipient, wants to remain in the Army. He was flagged for involuntary separation through the Army's qualitative management program because of his role in the assault. Martland was scheduled to leave service no later than Nov. 1 after 11 years in the Army.
Martland gained many supporters, including Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and the VFW. Many consider Martland a hero for his actions, especially in light of reports U.S. soldiers were told to overlook the sexual abuse of young boys, especially at the hands of the security forces, in Afghanistan.