The Green Beret being kicked out of the Army for beating an alleged child rapist in Afghanistan has been given another extension — this time until May 1 — to appeal his separation from the service.
Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland and his then-detachment commander admitted attacking an Afghan local police commander in Kunduz province, Afghanistan, in 2011. Martland, a Bronze Star recipient, wants to remain in the Army. He was flagged for involuntary separation through the Army’s qualitative management program because of his role in the assault.
Martland was scheduled to leave the Army no later than Nov. 1, 2015, after 11 years in the service. In October, he was granted a 60-day reprieve by then-Army Secretary John McHugh.
McHugh agreed at the time to postpone Martland’s discharge to allow the soldier to file an appeal with the Army Board for the Correction of Military Records.
The Army had until Tuesday to determine Martland’s fate.
This latest extension to May 1, which was first reported by Foreign Policy, is "to allow consideration of his application to correct his records by the Army Board for Correction of Military Records," said Lt. Col. Jennifer Johnson, an Army spokeswoman.
As a result, Martland "was granted further postponement of his discharge from active duty until not later than May 1, 2016," she said.
Martland, who is assigned to U.S. Army Special Operations Command, has submitted an appeal to the Army Review Boards Agency, Johnson said. The appeal was denied by the Enlisted Special Review Board; it will now go to the ABCMR, she said.
Since Martland's story went public, with the help of Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., the Green Beret has gained many supporters, including the VFW. Many consider him a hero for his actions, especially in light of reports U.S. soldiers were told to overlook the sexual abuse of young boys, especially at the hands of the security forces, in Afghanistan.