You would think that a Green Beret who had the courage to stand up to someone that was accused of raping a boy and physically assaulting the boy’s mother would receive praise from the Army for upholding its values. Instead, Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland is getting the boot after 11 years of service to the Special Forces, a situation that has inspired members of Congress to fight on Martland’s behalf.
The incident that landed Martland in hot water occurred in 2011 during the soldier’s second deployment to Afghanistan. Martland discovered that an Afghan boy had been raped by a local police officer and that his mother had been beaten for reporting the crime, so he and his team leader confronted the Army-trained officer.
The Afghan officer did not seem concerned: “He confessed to the crime and laughed about it, and said it wasn’t a big deal. Even when we patiently explained how serious the charge was, he kept laughing,” said Daniel Quinn, Martland’s team leader. Both Quinn and Martland responded by shoving the rapist to the ground, as they both felt that it was the only way to stop him from laughing.
Martland faced immediate punishments from the Army for breaking protocol, but he continued to serve for a number of years, earning such prestigious designations as the runner-up out of 400 candidates for 2014 Special Warfare Training Group Instructor of the Year. “If I was a commander, I would have given him an award. They saved that kid’s life,â€ť a former Green Beret told Fox News.
The Army’s sudden decision to dismiss Martland caught the eye of California Representative Duncan Hunter, who wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter to protest the decision. â€śI am once again dismayed by the Army’s actions in this case,” wrote Hunter, saying: “To intervene was a moral decision, and SFC Martland and his Special Forces team felt they had no choice but to respond.”
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