After going viral criticizing the military's withdrawal from Afghanistan, a Marine claimed that he had been "relieved of duty." Now, he speculates that he may be court-martialed or "will likely do some jail time."
Stuart Scheller claims to be a former lieutenant Colonel. He has posted regular updates on his dissenting views that led to his removal from the military. On Wednesday, he said in an update to a video he uploaded to Facebook on Aug. 27, that "The Marine Corps will designate an investigating officer." Most likely, a Colonel.
Scheller's first video was posted last week after 11 Marines, one Navy soldier, and one Army soldier died in a terrorist attack on Kabul. The United States attempted to evacuate as many Afghans and U.S citizens from Afghanistan as possible before the August 31 deadline for military forces to leave the country. Scheller stated in the video that at least one person was killed in the Kabul attack.
Scheller stated Wednesday that the Marine Corps would decide whether to pursue court-martial after the investigating officer has made his recommendation. He also claimed that if the case goes to court-martial, Scheller would be found guilty and likely spend some time in jail. I will have the opportunity to read, write and think.
According to Capt. Sam Stephenson, a spokesperson for the Training and Education Command. "The Marine Corps does not have any further information about Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller. His situation is currently being investigated and being dealt with appropriately by his chain, so we can't comment further.
MARINE OFFICER CLAIMS TO BE 'RELIEVED OF DUTY' OVER VIRAL MESSAGE TO MILITARY LEADERS OVER AFGHANISTAN
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Stephenson said that Marines need to decompress from the gravity and impact of the events in Afghanistan over the next week. He also suggested that those who are struggling with depression should talk to their fellow Marines, their chain or command, or seek counselling.
The claims were updated less than 24 hours after Scheller addressed Gen. David H. Berger on Facebook and said, "I understand that you want to court-martial me."
Scheller stated Wednesday that General Burger was not allowed to comment on the current situation, or it would be interpreted as an 'undue command power influence'.
Scheller claimed that he was requested by his commanding officers to undergo an evaluation by mental health specialists Monday. He also said that he followed the orders. He wrote to the secretary asking for his resignation on Tuesday.
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Original Author: Kaelan deese
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