A Special Forces junior officer is to be kicked out of the Army with just a two-week notice following a personal transgression that took place years ago.
In 2015, the Green Beret captain, whose name hasn’t been published for personal security reasons, had had an extramarital affair with the wife of a fellow soldier, according to an exclusive story published by Breitbart.
The Captain said that the affair, which lasted for two-and-a-half months, was an escape out of physical and mental issues he was dealing with following a serious combat injury. The Captain had completed six combat deployments to the Middle East. In 2007, he was seriously injured by an Improvise Explosive Device (IED) in Iraq.
Judging by the feedback of his direct superiors, the Captain is a highly capable and effective officer. The commanding officer of his Special Forces Group had written in 2018 that “[He] has accepted responsibility for the actions [and] he continues to serve our Nation, the Army, and our Soldiers at a very high level — the Army should retain him… We assess [his] leadership as sound. His professional performance warrants continued service. He has expiated his personal and professional transgressions through hard personal and professional work.”
His battalion commander had echoed those sentiments by stating that
“I unequivocally recommend that [he] be retained on active duty as a Special Forces Officer. Prior to the incident in 2015, [he] performed exceptionally well as an officer in the U.S. Army. After receiving a General Officer Memorandum of Reprimand, [he] continued to be a top officer, performing with distinction as a CPT in this highly talented Special Forces Group. I witnessed [his] leadership, critical thinking, and ability to make a difference in our Soldiers’ lives… I believe [he] understands his errors and fully redeemed himself. In retention, I believe [he] will live [by] the Army values, continue to be a strong performer, and excel as a Special Forces CPT. I strongly recommend this officer be afforded the opportunity for continued service as a Special Forces Officer.”
To add insult to injury, the SF Captain won’t get a $250,000 severance package that a medical board had greenlighted because of his combat injuries.
The Army’s treatment of this officer doesn’t concern just him and his family. Current and future Special Forces Soldiers take notice: When the reenlistment window pops up, they will think twice of continuing to serve in a toxic environment.
The decision to defenestrate the Captain is even more surprising if we consider the fact that junior Special Forces officers are in high demand — they are in so high demand, that Special Forces Groups will often reassign Green Beret captains who have been fired from a Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) to another.