A court-martial for this is a joke. Not exactly a morale booster. This problem should have never gotten this far. Deal with at the lower levels. A minor dressing down, a promise not to do it again, and then all go out for a beer together.
We use to steal what we could not barter for and when an aircraft crashed (which was frequent) everything we were short was on that aircraft. CO and on down would have been in the brig.
I agree, except for the "dressing down" part. It should NEVER have gotten this far. This kind of stuff was usually handled by the caught privates getting the crap beat out of them and sent back to their units. Court marshal?? Would never happen when I was in.