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NS US Marines who posted videos criticizing him on social media military Return of military assets by leadership and Biden administration Afghanistan After pleading guilty to all charges during a court-martial hearing this week, a month’s letter of reprimand and a $5,000 salary were forfeited.

Lt Col Stuart Schaller Jr pleads guilty to all six rapelevel charges on Thursday, including willful disobedience to a senior commissioned officer, negligence in performance of duties and the conduct of an officer and a gentleman.

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The judge said Friday that he would have forfeited two months’ salary had it not been for the nine days that Sklar spent in pre-trial imprisonment. 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.

The judge said he does not condone Sklar’s crimes, but noted his 17-year USMC career, noting that prior to his social media incident, he was an officer with an outstanding record—a record, he said. He was overweight.

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The letter of reprimand was little more than a recommendation. Prosecutors recommended forfeiture of a $5,000 salary and a letter of reprimand for 6 months. The maximum penalty could have been forfeiture of 2/3 monthly salary for 12 months and a letter of reprimand.

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Sklar was released from his command in August at one of Camp Lejeune’s infantry training battalions after posting videos on Facebook and LinkedIn following a bombing at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, which included 13 Dozens of people lost their lives, along with American service members. of Afghan citizens.

“Did someone raise their hand and say, ‘We totally messed it 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.