Marine Officer Released; Jailed After Posting Critical Kabul Withdrawal Videos

Marine Officer Released; Jailed After Posting Critical Kabul Withdrawal Videos

(ReliableNews.org) – When citizens join the United States Marine Corps as officers, they agree to a specific code of conduct. If they stray from that practice, service-members could face jail time, separation, or both. When Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller Jr. released videos to social media criticizing his superiors and their handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan and then subsequently ignored direct orders to stop, it was no surprise he had to spend time in the brig. But the marine’s time behind bars ended on October 5, when leaders released him from jail.

With his 17 years of service, the officer in question was well aware of the possible consequences of his actions, yet he felt compelled to speak out when he was a mere three years from retirement. When he recorded his controversial videos, he served as the battalion commander of the Advanced Infantry Training Battalion at the School of Infantry at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

An overwhelming number of Republican lawmakers wrote a letter to the Commandant urging him to release Scheller. Ultimately, the Marine Corps freed the officer after he struck a deal with several military leaders, but that doesn’t mean he’s out of the woods. The Marine Corps did not detail the agreement or comment on whether the officer will face any charges for his conduct.

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