American service members will not face criminal charges for their role in the Quran burnings in Afghanistan earlier this year, but will be subjected to lesser administrative actions for their involvement in the incident.
One sailor and six soldiers will likely receive a written reprimand and a loss of pay for their participation in the burnings, but will retain their ranks and not be forced to go before an official military court martial, according to recent news reports.
The disciplinary decisions were based on the recommendations of a Pentagon investigation into the incident, which concluded in May.
Gen. James Mattis, head of Central Command, reviewed the investigation’s findings on the incident and issued his recommendations for action to the heads of the services, Pentagon spokesman Capt. John Kirby said at the time.
The decision to not proceed with criminal charges in lieu of lighter punishment for the seven service members tied to the incident ultimately fell to those top uniformed leaders.
A Defense Department official confirmed to The Hill that Central Command has completed its review and forwarded its input to the various service chiefs.