You read the headline right. SFC Charles Martland is now a civilian, following a 2011 incident in which he shoved an Afghan police officer accused of raping a local boy and beating his mother for reporting the assault.
Martland is described by many of his teammates as the finest soldier they have ever served alongside.
But his Army career changed course during his second deployment to Afghanistan in 2011. After learning an Afghan boy was raped and his mother beaten, Martland and his team leader confronted a local police commander they had trained, armed and paid with U.S. taxpayer dollars. When the man laughed off the incident, they physically confronted him.
They were punished by the Army at the time — but why exactly Martland is now being discharged is a matter of dispute. Army sources cited his accolades, including being named runner-up for 2014 Special Warfare Training Group Instructor of the Year from a pool of 400 senior leaders in Special Forces, in questioning the decision.
As for the incident in 2011, Hunter told Carter: “To intervene was a moral decision, and SFC Martland and his Special Forces team felt they had no choice but to respond.”
Congressman Duncan Hunter says he’s “dismayed by the Army’s actions,” but we all know what’s really going on here. A good solider has been drummed out of the service for daring to offend the boy-raping proclivities of certain area Muslims. We mustn’t impose our parochial opposition to boy rape upon the locals, because our Dear Leader won’t tolerate such neocolonial oppression.
How many more good men can we lose to Progressive intolerance before our Army isn’t an Army any more?