BREAKING: Army Starts Proceedings to Kick Golsteyn Out of Military

Major Matt Golsteyn in Afghanistan, April 2010

Separations proceedings were initiated against Army Major Matt Golsteyn on the same day that Congressman Duncan Hunter (R., Calif.) published an article in the Daily Beast highlighting Golsteyn’s case, according to a letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

The letter, signed by Hunter and addressed to Secretary of the Army John McHugh, states the investigation into allegations of wrongdoing by Golsteyn began on November 29, 2011, and concluded on November 24, 2013, with no charges being pressed.

Hunter’s original article appeared on the the Daily Beast‘s website on Tuesday, February 3, 2015. The Army initiated proceedings to eject Golsteyn from the military the same day, the letter states.

Afghanistan War Hero Stripped of Silver Star

Special Forces Captain Matt Golsteyn, center, talks to Afghan villager, April 2010 / Author photo

By February 20th, 2010, the Battle of Marjah had been underway for a week. In order to seize the Afghan district—an IED-infested, Taliban-dominated collection of villages and crisscrossing canals and tree lines that were a defending fighter’s dream—the U.S. military had divided its force into thirds. A task force of more than a thousand U.S. Marines, accompanied by Afghan soldiers, assaulted the northern portion of Marjah. Ditto for the central portion of the district.

And the southern third? It had been attacked by a single U.S. Army Special Forces team consisting of nine men, accompanied by a handful of Marine engineers tasked with clearing bombs from the roads and a few hundred Afghan troops that were more of a babysitting case than true partners. Such a light American footprint on at least part of the battlefield would “put an Afghan face” on the operation, as the lingo went at the time.

Army Ranger School to Introduce Female ‘Observers’ Who Haven’t Met Standards

Female Armor

In April the Army will open its famous Ranger School to women, and some are concerned that the Army is tilting the evaluation to ensure that female students will graduate the course.

Sixty female soldiers will attempt the course as part of the Department of Defense’s effort to open ground combat arms units to members of both sexes. This April’s mixed Ranger School class is a “pilot program,” and the results will be used to determine whether or not the Army will open the school on a regular basis in the future.

Read About the Ridiculously Lax Atmosphere at Army Boot Camp

Army basic training. / AP

Those who served in the Marine Corps enjoy picking on the Army because of its reputation as the softer of the two ground-combat services.

But this is getting ridiculous.

From Stars and Stripes this Sunday:

The platoon of 70 greenhorn soldiers rested on the barracks tile floor during a recent evening of Army basic combat training, while their drill sergeant, Megan Slone, gave a final lesson for the day about how to sight a rifle. Half of the soldiers had never shot a gun before, which was fine with Slone. That meant fewer bad habits to fix before qualification time.

“If you are scared to fire a weapon, that’s OK,” said Slone, 27, assuring the kick isn’t bad and ample practice time at the range. “You are going to shoot three rounds, five rounds, and then you are going to be OK. I promise. You will be fine.”

Later she said physical training exercise the following morning would be held inside because of cold weather.