SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A Marine named Gary Stein who posted on a Facebook page called the Armed Forces Tea Party page that he would not follow orders from President Barack Obama, the commander-in-chief of the military, should be dismissed from the military with a less-than-honorable discharge, that means the loss of benefits available to most U.S. military veterans.
Stein, 26, who is a meteorologist at Camp Pendleton, served nearly nine years, including a tour of duty in Iraq. He was due to either re-enlist or end his enlistment at the end of July, according to court documents.
The Marines' recommendation to administratively discharge Stein came after a 13-hour hearing and an hour of deliberation by the panel. It will be submitted to Brigadier General Daniel Yoo, the commanding general of the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot, where Stein is stationed. Yoo has not said what action he plans to take, if any. He is expected to make a decision within 30 days, according to Major Mike Armistead, a Marine Corps spokesman.
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