Hearing set for Marine court-martialed for speaking out on Afghanistan withdrawal

Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller will have a special court-martial hearing next week to determine whether his criticism of military leaders regarding the way the Afghanistan War ended was in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

The hearing, which will be at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, will be on Thursday and Friday, according to a statement from Capt. Sam Stephenson, the commanding general of training command.

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Scheller, who is a 17-year infantry officer who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been accused of violating the following Uniform Code of Military Justice regulations: Article 88 (contempt toward officials), Article 89 (disrespect toward superior commissioned officers), Article 90 (willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer), Article 92 (dereliction in the performance of duties), Article 92 (failure to obey order or regulation), and Article 133 (conduct unbecoming of an officer and a gentleman).

He gained notoriety for attacking U.S. military leaders for the execution of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, posting the first of his viral videos the day after an Islamic State terrorist detonated a suicide vest outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, leading to the deaths of 13 U.S. service members and roughly 170 Afghan allies.

"The reason people are so upset on social media right now is not because the Marine on the battlefield let someone down," Scheller said in his first of the viral videos. "People are upset because their senior leaders let them down. And none of them are raising their hands and accepting accountability or saying, ‘We messed this up.'"

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Scheller had been in the brig awaiting the unscheduled hearing. However, he was released earlier this week. He was not held in solitary confinement, according to Stephenson, but was in an individual cell, though he was allowed recreational time for at least two hours a day and could speak with other prisoners and staff.

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