As a young officer, Christian “Kit” Martin received a “top of the line” officer evaluation from a lieutenant colonel who described him as having “unquestionable integrity.” The lieutenant colonel was Raymond T. Odierno., a man who would go on to earn four stars and serve as the highest-ranking officer in the Army. Martin’s career path followed a similar trajectory until he was accused of sexual assault. Now, after a career as an elite Army Ranger, master Army aviator and three-tour Iraq combat veteran, he’s scheduled to go on trial Dec. 1 at Fort Campbell, Ky., and face the possibility of 58 years in prison if convicted.
In the video clip above, I ask now-Major Martin, 47, how it felt to receive such high praise from a man who would go on to serve as chief of staff of the Army. It stands as a snippet of a more-serious conversation about his upcoming court-martial. For more details about that conversation, read this summary. When you do, I think you’ll understand this case is a result of political correctness running amok.
Since this article was published, the date for Major Martin’s trial was changed. This article has been updated to reflect that change.
UPDATE 12/7/2015 at 8:31 a.m. Central: A military judge continued the military trial date for Army Maj. Christian “Kit” Martin to sometime in March 2016, though no specific date has been set.
UPDATE 12/10/2015 at 11:19 a.m. Central: I’ve learned that Major Martin’s military trial date is set for March 14-18, 2016.
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