From The Army Times:

“This is the unfortunate by-product of indiscriminate cuts to our military,” Thornberry wrote.

The Green Beret getting kicked out of the Army for beating an alleged child rapist in Afghanistan has been given a 60-day reprieve, the Army said late Tuesday.

Army Secretary John McHugh “agreed to postpone Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland’s discharge from the Army for 60 days to allow him to file an appeal with the Army Board for the Correction of Military Records,” the Army said in a statement.

The decision was made after Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, spoke with and wrote a letter to McHugh. The decision was “out of respect for Chairman Thornberry’s continued strong support for our military and his personal appeal,” according to the Army statement.

“Congress cannot substitute our judgment for that of the military chain of command,” Thornberry wrote. “We are, however, responsible for ensuring that the process in place is fair and adequate to the demands of an Army at war.”

 

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