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The US Marine who posted videos on social media criticizing the military leadership and the Biden administration’s withdrawal of military assets from Afghanistan pleaded guilty to all charges during a court-martial hearing at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on Thursday.

Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Schaller Jr. pleaded guilty to all six misdemeanor-level charges, including willful disobedience to a senior commissioned officer, negligence in the performance of duties, and conduct of an officer and a gentleman.


Sklar was freed last week from Brigadier, where he was being held for violating an agreement to prevent him from posting criticism on social media.

He was relieved of his command at one of Camp Lejeune’s infantry training battalions in August after posting videos on Facebook and LinkedIn following a bombing at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, which included 13 US service members. Along with this, dozens of Afghan civilians lost their lives.

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“Did someone raise their hand and say, ‘We totally messed this up? Sklar asked in a video. “I’m not saying we can take back what’s been done. I just asked for accountability, for people to comment on what I said and say, ‘Yes. Mistakes were made.’ And if they did, I’d go back to rank and file, present, and do whatever I wanted.”

Shelar is a decorated Marine who has served for 17 years.

His other charges include contempt towards officers, disrespect towards senior commissioned officers and failure to obey orders or regulation.

Granthshala News’ Steve Harrigan, Brie Stimson, Lucas Y. Tomlinson, Hannah Grossman, Angelica Stabil and Michael Lee contributed to this report.