Marine Stuart Scheller who claimed he was “relieved from duty” after criticizing military leadership over the Afghanistan withdrawal now speculates he might be court-martialed and “will probably do some jail time.”
Stuart Scheller, who claims to be a former lieutenant colonel, has been posting regular updates about his dissenting stance that resulted in his alleged removal from the military. He said in a Wednesday update to a video he uploaded to social media on Aug. 27 “A Marine Corps officer will be assigned to conduct an investigation. Most likely, he is a Colonel.”
Scheller’s first video was posted last week, just hours after 11 Marines, one Navy sailor, and one Army soldier were killed in a terrorist attack near Kabul’s airport. In the video, Scheller stated that he knew at least one person who was killed in the Kabul attack.
“Once the investigating officer finalizes his recommendation, the Marine Corps will decide if they should pursue court-martial,” Scheller claimed on Wednesday, adding that if it does go to court-martial, “I will be found guilty and will probably do some jail time. This will provide me a valuable opportunity to read, write, and contemplate.”
The Marines confirmed Scheller’s “situation is currently under investigation,” according to Capt. Sam Stephenson, a spokesman for the Training and Education Command.
“The Marine Corps is not providing any additional information regarding Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller. His situation is currently under investigation and being handled appropriately by his chain of command, and therefore, we cannot comment further,” Stephenson said.
“As Marines decompress from the gravity of events in Afghanistan over the week, it is important for those struggling to speak with their fellow Marines, their chain of command, or seek counseling,” Stephenson added.
Meanwhile, Stuart Scheller said that he was asked by his commanding officer on Monday to be evaluated by mental health specialists and that he followed the order. On Tuesday, Scheller submitted his written resignation request to the Secretary of the Navy.