The United States Army Green Beret who selected to be kicked out of the Army after he struck an Afghan police commander who had admitted to raping a child, just saw what the power of overwhelming public support can do.
Originally scheduled to be discharged from the Army in November 2015, Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland was allowed to stay in the Army during his appeal at the request of several lawmakers due to overwhelming public support.
An Army review board on Wednesday determined that Martlands file contained an “error or injustice” according to a spokesman. That ruling means the 33-year-old Special Forces and recipient of the Bronze star with “V” device will continue to serve our great nation.
“The Army Board for Correction of Military Records considers each case on its own merit when determining to grant or deny an applicant’s request,” said Army Lt. Col. Jerry Pionk, a spokesman for the service. “… In Sgt. 1st Class Martland’s case, the Army Board for Correction of Military Records determination modified a portion of one of (his) evaluation reports and removed him from the list, which will allow him to remain in the Army.”
The only blemish in Martland’s outstanding military record was an October 2011 “memorandum of reprimand,” issued by then-commander of the Comined Forces Special Operations Component Command Brig. Gen. Christopher K. Haas. That reprimand came after Martland hit an Afghan police commander in the remote combat outpost of Kunduz.
As we previously reported:
According to Special Forces Captain Daniel Quinn, an interpreter first came to them saying a boy claimed he was “tied to a post in Rahman’s house and was raped repeatedly for 10 days to 2 weeks.” When his mother tried to stop it, he said, “Rahman instructed his brother to beat her; which he did.”Martland said he and Quinn then confronted the commander after Quinn confirmed the allegations with village elders and others. He said Quinn got a “first-hand confession” but “the child rapist laughed it off and referenced that it was only a boy.”
That’s when the confrontation turned physical.
“Captain Quinn picked him up and threw him,” Martland said. “I [proceeded to] body slam him multiple times.”
Martland continued: “I kicked him once in his ribcage after one of the body slams. I put my foot on his neck and yelled at him after one body slam, but did not kick or punch him in the face. I continued to body slam him and throw him for 50 meters until he was outside the camp.”
Quinn said, “I physically threw him through our front gate and off our camp.”