Three Marines who were videotaped urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban will not face courts-martial for their actions, the Marine Corps Times reported today. They will instead received nonjudicial punishment.
Lt. Gen. Richard Mills, deputy commandant for combat development and integration, was in charge of deciding the Marines' punishment. According to a USMC statement:
“The specific punishments will not be disclosed, as nonjudicial punishment is an administrative proceeding.
Punishment may include reduction in rank, restriction to a military base, extra duties, forfeiture of pay, a reprimand or a combination of these measures.
Regardless of the specific punishments, nonjudicial punishment becomes a permanent part of the Marine’s record with the potential to affect reenlistment and promotion.”
The Marines shown in the urination video were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.