The US Marine Corps officer who was relieved of his command over a battalion for chastising his bosses above the botched Afghan withdrawal has revealed that he was requested to go through a mental health screening.
“When I went into get the job done this morning, I was ordered by my commanding officer to go to the Clinic for a psychological health screening,” Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller wrote on Facebook on Monday.
“I was evaluated by the mental wellbeing specialists and then despatched on my way. My CO is a standup male, and I realize why he did it,” he included.
A working day earlier, the officer mentioned in a YouTube video clip that he was sticking by his guns and resigning his commission — strolling absent from a $2 million pension just after 17 decades of assistance.
Scheller described that regardless of being relieved of his duties, he was nevertheless an energetic Marine — till he completes his resignation, which he said was sparked in aspect by a former commander who wrote on LinkedIn that he must resign “if he was honorable.”
“All I questioned for was accountability of my senior leaders when there are obvious, noticeable blunders that were built,” he stated. “I’m not stating we can get back again what has been performed. All I requested for was accountability, for folks to comment on what I explained and to say, ‘Yes, faults were being built.’”
Past 7 days, Scheller posted a online video that went viral on Fb in which he ripped into armed forces leadership subsequent the devastating suicide bombing at Kabul airport, which killed 13 US provider users and scores of Afghans.
In his put up on Monday, Scheller wrote that the get to go through a psychological well being check
“brings up a few of significant issues:
“First, excusing the steps of company members simply because of ‘PTSD’ does extra damage to assistance members than any trauma in fight. I have been in extremely traumatic battle scenarios,” he wrote.
“But due to the fact of that I am Much better. Submit traumatic development. If you are apprehensive about someone… you need to attain out and examine on them. But by no means justification a company member’s steps with a wave of the hand to PTSD. You are crippling them by failing to maintain them accountable,” Scheller continued.
“And for the individuals who checked on me just after my past video… I’m sorry if I afraid you. But know that regardless of my feelings, my text are always very carefully assumed out,” he extra.
“Second, as mentioned in previous posts, accountability from senior leaders would reduce emotions of guilt or shame in assistance members a lot more than individual counseling. It would save hundreds of lives. On May perhaps 6th Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin claimed, ‘the most immediate risk [to the DoD] is COVID,’” he wrote.
“According to the 2020 Countrywide Veteran Suicide Avoidance Yearly Report the number of Veteran suicide deaths documented in 2018 was properly more than 6K. And the quantities continue on to rise. From a statistical standpoint, it’s quite simple to argue that COVID is not the greatest menace,” Scheller continued.
“Third, for all my followers… I’m not likely any place. Anyone is terrified that the pounds of the system is crashing down on me. But I know a thing you don’t… it’s the process which is likely to crack. Not me,” he said.
“I am shifting forward with my resignation. I, like several of you, am really fearful. But braveness isn’t the absence of anxiety, it is the potential to triumph over it. At the end of the working day, if I stand with accountability and integrity, the technique just can’t conquer me,” he included.
The Post has reached out to the Marine Corps for remark.