A decorated United States Army Green Beret shoved an Afghan police commander who beat up the mother of a young boy that the police commander raped. And now the Army has decided to kick Sgt 1st Class Charles Martland out of Special Forces because of it.
The “no big deal” rape and assault
In 2011, a woman reported that her son had been raped by an Afghan police commander, Abdul Rahman. He beat her because of the report. Martland and his team leader confronted the man, who confessed to the crimes, and then laughed about it.
Martland and his leader then shoved him to the ground to get their point across. The policeman got up and walked away, slightly bruised, but not harmed.
He reported the incident to another Army unit in a different village…from his point of view. The next day a helicopter landed and took Sgt. Martland and his team leader, Captain Daniel Quinn, out of the area.
“As a man, as a father of a young boy myself at the time, I felt obliged to step in to prevent further repeat occurrences.” Daniel Quinn
The pair were not allowed to complete their “missions.” Pending the outcome of the investigation, they were eventually sent home.
Quinn has since left the Army and obtained a job on Wall Street. Martland is fighting to stay in, but is due to be “involuntarily discharged” by November 1, 2015.
He has consistently obtained high evaluation scores since the incident.
Martland’s plight has come to the attention of Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), who wrote a letter to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.
“I am once again dismayed by the Army’s actions in this case.” Duncan Hunter
This is a pattern that has been repeating itself across the board with the U.S. Military in recent years. Any perceived slights whatsoever against Iraqis or Afghanis appear to be grounds for prosecution or dismissal.
Sgt 1st Class Martland is an exceptional member of the military. All of his commanders and former colleagues say that he is one of the nation’s finest Army officers. He holds a Bronze Star with Valor for helping his teammates during an attack by the Taliban, and has been praised by the likes of General David Petraeus.
“It’s sad to think that a child rapist is put above one of our elite military operators. Sergeant Martland was left with no other choice but to intervene in a bad situation. … The Army should stand up for what’s right and should not side with a corrupt Afghan police officer.” Rep. Duncan Hunter
Sad, indeed, Mr. Hunter. Isn’t standing up for what is right supposed to be what our military is all about?