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Below is a link to his most recent YouTube video. Absolutely nothing about it surprises me, from his request that people who want to set up GoFundMes on his behalf donate instead to the families of the thirteen servicemen and women who died in Afghanistan this week, to his concern (sounds like) that his wife may not be down for this particular struggle.
And especially not his reaction to one of his early commanding officer’s remarks on his original Facebook post, LtCol Hobbs (not sure of the spelling–of Hobbs–pretty sure I got the LtCol part right). As Scheller tells it, LtCol Hobbs once stood up for something he thought was right, but did it within the system, and yet ended up relieved of his command and “shuffled out the door without really effecting any change.” I’m guessing that’s a lesson that Scheller stored in his memory banks forever.
Although it seems that LtCol Scheller disagrees with Hobbs on many things, he still says, “Sir, I love you like a father,” and he goes on to say that Hobbs, on (I think it was LinkedIn) said yesterday “If Stuart Scheller was honorable, he would resign his commission.”
I’ve been led to believe that the worst thing that a senior officer in the USMC can say to the person under his command is “I am disappointed in you.”
And it looks to me that LtCol Scheller took Hobbs’s remark in that vein.
Accordingly, in this video, he resigns his commission (informally), and leaves the Corps. Hard not to take that as a response designed to prove his honor to his former CO. It remains to be seen if he carries through.
I hope he can hold it together, or that he has people in his life who can keep him on an even keel. I’ve read hundreds of the tributes on his Facebook post, and if even half of the men and women who claim to have served under his command are the real deal, this is a very good Marine. And it would be a shame to waste him.
I know, from personal experience (several of them, if anyone’s curious) that the trauma of war affects those involved in it in life-changing ways. And that it is our own responsibility to respond rationally and supportively to the challenges every single one of them faces–without either drooling and pointless affirmation or vituperative and counterproductive condemnation.
Lord. I believe this man is right. And although (and he wouldn’t be the first) he may have jumbled the order of “Ready. Aim. Fire,” in this instance, I wish him the very best, and all the help and support he needs.