Marine undergoes mental wellness test amid Afghan criticism
The US Maritime Corps officer who was relieved of his command more than a battalion for chastising his bosses over the botched Afghan withdrawal has revealed that he was purchased to undergo a psychological health screening.
“When I went into function this early morning, I was purchased by my commanding officer to go to the Hospital for a mental overall health screening,” Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller wrote on Facebook on Monday.
“I was evaluated by the mental overall health experts and then despatched on my way. My CO is a standup male, and I comprehend why he did it,” he added.
A working day previously, the officer stated in a YouTube movie that he was sticking by his guns and resigning his commission — strolling absent from a $2 million pension immediately after 17 a long time of services.
Scheller stated that inspite of being relieved of his responsibilities, he was even now an lively Maritime — till he completes his resignation, which he stated was sparked in element by a previous commander who wrote on LinkedIn that he really should resign “if he was honorable.”
“All I requested for was accountability of my senior leaders when there are very clear, apparent faults that had been manufactured,” he reported. “I’m not stating we can consider again what has been finished. All I asked for was accountability, for individuals to remark on what I claimed and to say, ‘Yes, issues were created.’”
Past week, Scheller posted a movie that went viral on Facebook in which he ripped into navy management adhering to the devastating suicide bombing at Kabul airport, which killed 13 US assistance members and scores of Afghans.
In his write-up on Monday, Scheller wrote that the buy to undertake a psychological overall health examine
“brings up a pair of essential concerns:
“First, excusing the actions of assistance members since of ‘PTSD’ does a lot more harm to assistance members than any trauma in overcome. I have been in quite traumatic battle situations,” he wrote.
“But simply because of that I am Much better. Post traumatic development. If you’re nervous about someone… you must arrive at out and verify on them. But under no circumstances justification a services member’s actions with a wave of the hand to PTSD. You are crippling them by failing to keep them accountable,” Scheller continued.
“And for the persons who checked on me right after my last video… I’m sorry if I worried you. But know that despite my emotions, my phrases are generally thoroughly believed out,” he additional.
“Second, as mentioned in past posts, accountability from senior leaders would ease feelings of guilt or shame in service associates a lot more than personal counseling. It would help save hundreds of lives. On Might 6th Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin reported, ‘the most speedy risk [to the DoD] is COVID,’” he wrote.
“According to the 2020 Nationwide Veteran Suicide Avoidance Yearly Report the selection of Veteran suicide fatalities documented in 2018 was properly above 6K. And the numbers keep on to rise. From a statistical standpoint, it’s very simple to argue that COVID isn’t the most significant menace,” Scheller ongoing.
“Third, for all my followers… I’m not heading wherever. All people is terrified that the excess weight of the program is crashing down on me. But I know something you don’t… it is the method which is heading to crack. Not me,” he claimed.
“I am moving forward with my resignation. I, like several of you, am extremely worried. But courage is not the absence of concern, it’s the skill to overcome it. At the finish of the working day, if I stand with accountability and integrity, the procedure simply cannot beat me,” he additional.
The Submit has reached out to the Maritime Corps for remark.