A US Marine Corps veteran who was relieved of his command for chastising his bosses over the botched Afghan withdrawal has determined to name it quits.
Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, who got here beneath fireplace after the bombastic Fb publish final week, stated on YouTube Sunday that he’s sticking by his weapons and resigning his fee — strolling away from a $2 million pension after 17 years of army service.
“I may keep within the Marine Corps for an additional three years, however I don’t assume that’s the trail I’m on,” Scheller stated. “I’m resigning my fee as a United States Marine efficient now.
“I’m forfeiting retirements, all entitlements, I don’t need a single greenback,” he stated. “I don’t need any cash from the VA. I don’t need any VA advantages. I’m certain I’m entitled 100%.”
The video, titled “Your Transfer,” reveals Scheller sitting in entrance of a chessboard in an deserted faculty close to his house in North Carolina.
He stated he has been overwhelmed by the present of assist.
Scheller defined that regardless of being relieved of command was nonetheless an energetic Marine — till he completes his resignation.
He stated his resolution was sparked partially by a former commander who wrote on Linkedin that he ought to resign his fee “‘if he was honorable.’
“All of the noise on the market that one remark has simply performed by means of my head,” he stated.
“All I requested for was accountability of my senior leaders when there are clear, apparent errors that have been made,” he stated. “I’m not saying we will take again what has been accomplished. All I requested for was accountability, for individuals to touch upon what I stated and to say, ‘sure, errors have been made.’
“And had I accomplished that I might’ve gone again into rank and file, submitted, and achieved what I wished,” Scheller stated.
He stated he doesn’t need donations from supporters, however steered that any fundraising that does occur ought to go to his spouse.
“I wish to be clear that I really like the Marine Corps,” he added.
“To all of the Congressmen, Senators, each media station throughout the globe, all of the wealthy philanthropists, I admire your assist and I’m gonna want your assist,” he stated.
“Comply with me, and we’ll deliver the entire f—ing system down,” he stated. “We’re simply getting began.”
In a short interview with The Submit over the weekend, Scheller additionally stated he had solely sought accountability for the Afghan withdrawal.