Published August 27, 2015
A decorated Green Beret being forced out of the military in a matter of months was taken to task in 2011 by a top Army general for confronting an accused Afghan rapist, according to an official reprimand obtained by Fox News - bolstering claims he is being discharged over the incident.
Fox News first reported last week that Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland is being kicked out, and that his supporters suspect it is because of his actions standing up for a young Afghan rape victim. This has outraged his colleagues, as well as Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., who calls it a "black mark" for the U.S. Army and wants Defense Secretary Ash Carter to reverse the decision.
The October 2011 "memorandum of reprimand" obtained by Fox News indeed makes clear that Martland was blasted by the brass for his intervention after the alleged rape.
In the memo, Brig. Gen. Christopher Haas, then-commander of Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command Afghanistan, accused Martland and his Green Beret team leader of a "flagrant departure from the integrity, professionalism and even-tempered leadership" expected of Special Forces soldiers.