A decorated U.S. Army Green Beret will be allowed to stay in uniform after the U.S. Army reversed a controversial decision to remove him from active duty for assaulting a pedophile.
Last August Sgt. First Class Charles Martland was booted out of service under the Army’s Qualitative Management Program. The Qualitative Management Program, or QMP, is an involuntary separation measure for service members with black marks on their records.
Martland was placed on the list for assaulting an Afghan police commander who tied a young boy to a bed and molested him for two weeks. The Afghan police chief later beat the boys mother when she attempted to report the police chief to higher authorities.
U.S. service members allegedly heard of similar crimes in the area but were powerless to stop it. Higher ranking officers told service members like Martland that it was an Afghan matter and there was “nothing they could do about it”.
Capt. Dan Quinn was with Martland when they confronted the local police chief. They felt that they had a moral obligation to put a stop to the sexual assault and allegedly struck the Afghan police chief to send a message. Marland and Quinn both received a “relief for cause” on their records that later led to Martland to be placed on the QMP and ultimately be forced to resign from service. Quinn would later leave the U.S. Army on his own accord.
Martland and Quinn said in a statement to to Congressman Duncan Hunter,R-Calif.
“Kicking me out of the Army is morally wrong and the entire country knows it.”
Martland was ultimately able to beat the Army’s decision to kick him out of the service by garnering the support of several high-ranking officials such as Rep. Hunter and his Chief of Staff Joe Kasper. Marland said in an interview with Fox News.
“I am real thankful for being able to continue to serve,” “I appreciate everything Congressman Duncan Hunter and his Chief of Staff, Joe Kasper did for me.”
Listen to the sweet sound of justice prevail!