When Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland was told by a 12 year-old Afghan boy’s mother that an Afghan military leader had chained her son to his bed in order to repeatedly rape him, Sgt. Martland and his captain confronted the Afghan leader.
While most of us would consider the act of trying to stop the sexual abuse of a child as a normal human response, Sgt. Martland was reprimanded for this action. This winner of two Bronze Stars, including one for valor, has been told he will be dismissed from the military in November.
Sgt. Martland’s case is unfortunately not unique. While the sexual abuse of children is widespread in Afghanistan, the New York Times reports, “Among American military personnel and civilians who served in Afghanistan, it was well known that many wealthy and prominent Afghans rape boys, often making them dress up as women and dance at gatherings during which they are assaulted — and that Western officials often turned a blind eye to the practice for fear of alienating allies.”
Today the Army denied his appeal. U.S. troops apparently were told to ignore cases of abuse in other countries. This Green Beret and his captain beat up an Afghan commander because of his abuse of this boy. Oh and by the way, this was in 2011 and Fox News had reported it but is coming to light now. As for the mounting controversy over the handling of child abuse cases, soldier must realize that if they interfere. because it’s morally the right thing to do, it could be at the risk of their career.
Ladies and Gentlemen, there is something wrong with this picture. This soldier has two bronze stars, one for valor. The mother asked the soldiers for help; it’s not like they interfered in something that was none of their business.
In 2012, the Army made him an instructor at an underwater Special Operations training program in Key West, Florida. He continues to work there and has received stellar performance reviews.
His situation changed last year when he learned he was selected for an involuntary discharge through an Army force reduction program. It’s one of the ways the Army is moving to cut its active-duty headcount from a peak of some 570,000 soldiers to about 450,000 troops. Apparently, this is what they claim, although other sources say the 2011 incident targets him for discharge.
“Losing him from the force would be an injustice and a detriment to the Army,” wrote Command Sgt. Major Frank Gilliand, who has supervised Martland in the 1st Special Forces Group in the past. Gilliand is one of the highest-ranking enlisted soldiers in Army Special Operations.
Hunter’s staff has interviewed several soldiers who know Martland and obtained a statement from an Afghan interpreter that all indicate the beating Martland and Quinn delivered was less severe than Army leaders believe.
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