Yesterday the US Army agreed to retain Sgt. First Class Charles Martland after ordering that he be discharged for shoving a child rapist and woman abuser in Afghanistan.
In 2011, SFC Martland and his team leader Danny Quinn confronted a local official who had been raping a child and abusing his mother. After the man laughed it off, they shoved him to the ground. The Army subsequently punished the two officers rather than making sure the pervert was disciplined.
“In SFC Martland’s case, the Army Board for Correction of Military Records determination modified a portion of one of SFC Martland’s evaluation reports and removed him from the QMP list, which will allow him to remain in the Army.” Lt. Col. Jerry Pionk.
Six months, 66,000 letters, and 340,000 signatures on a petition later…the Army finally agreed and allowed him to stay. Rep. Duncan Hunter, (R-CA) a Marine veteran and his Chief of Staff Joe Kasper also worked diligently to make this day happen.
“This is not just a great victory for SFC Martland and his family — I’m just as happy that he can continue to serve our country and inspire his peers, subordinates and officers to be better soldiers. Charles makes every soldier he comes in contact with better, and the Army is undoubtedly a better organization with SFC Martland still in its ranks.” Danny Quinn, SFC Martland’s former team leader
SFC Martland will be able to return to the service he loves, with the men who honor and respect him. His actions in 2011 absolutely reflect not only American values, but defy politically correct stupidity by the government. That the Army even considered removing him (and his team leader Danny Quinn) is an affront to all that America stands for.
It is my concern that when he returns to duty, will he be able to continue his service normally or will his “superiors” treat him differently- not as a hero, not as a man who won his case, but as a problem?
The Army has ways of destroying people – an “accident” or constant harassment…are they professional enough to take this properly?
Only time will tell.