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Army Rejects Appeal From Green Beret Fired After Confronting Child Abuser

September 25, 2015

Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland is a Green Beret that was discharged from the military after confronting an Afghan officer that raped a young boy.


This story has blown up in recent weeks and for good reason…It’s an outrage!

Martland has appealed his discharge and instead was told “Consequently, your request for an appeal and continued service is disapproved.” in a memo .

Many members of Congress have been fighting on behalf of Martland and the administration says the issue is being addressed.

If you were President, how would you change the policy?



Even as the U.S. military denies reports that American troops were told to ignore Afghan child abusers, an 11-year Green Beret who was ordered discharged after he confronted an alleged rapist was informed Tuesday that the Army has denied his appeal.

Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland earlier this year was ordered discharged by Nov. 1. He has been fighting to stay in, but in an initial decision, the U.S. Army Human Resources Command told Martland that his appeal “does not meet the criteria” for an appeal.

“Consequently, your request for an appeal and continued service is disapproved,” the office wrote in a memo to Martland.

The memo was shared with by the office of Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., who has advocated for Martland’s case. According to Hunter’s office, Martland learned of the decision Tuesday.

The memo, dated Sept. 14, comes as the Defense Department comes under criticism amid reports that U.S. soldiers were instructed to look the other way when Afghan troops and officers were sexually abusing boys.