I think back on my service, the environments in which I operated (Naval aviation, carrier flight ops), and the few, but disturbing, times I became uncontrollably enraged. Not excusable, but high tempo military ops in peacetime or war are extremely stressful and at times result in this. The Marine had two combat tours, was wounded, and is facing separation from the Corps because of his wounds. He feels betrayed by his chain of command; gave it his all, and his superiors are going to thank him by derailing his career. And believe it, loyalty up frequently is not rewarded with loyalty down in the risk-averse, PC, homo-centric armed forces. He is responsible and to blame for the incident; should be disciplined, but also given a chance to get things right and continue to serve.
OK,two combat tours...wounded.First,do we know the nature and extent of his wounds? Perhaps they're serious enough to warrant separation.Of course if he is separated he'll get a pension and other benefits and that's as it should be.Also,is it possible that his superiors and/or medical personnel have seen signs of mental instability...which certainly could be,if it exists,the result of having seen too much combat? That,too,could warrant separation.Who knows what this guy was like before his first combat tour? He could have been the calmest,most serene guy on earth.But he most certainly isn't today.
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