A decision is imminent regarding whether Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland will be kicked out of the Army for confronting an Afghan child rapist while serving in Afghanistan in 2011.
Martland, a decorated Green Beret, was reprimanded by the Army after he retaliated against an Afghan police commander at an outpost for repeatedly raping a young boy. Martland and another soldier confronted the commander, reportedly throwing him to the ground and causing him to leave the base.
The Army Human Resources Command recently recommended that Martland be kicked out of the service, but an official decision from the Army is expected by March 1.
Some Republican members of Congress, notably former Marine officer Rep. Duncan Hunter (R., Calif.), have advocated on Martland’s behalf, arguing that he should be allowed to continue his service. Martland has spent 11 years in the U.S. special forces.