The Parris Island recruit who attacked a fellow trainee in sick bay on Easter Sunday was involved in a second incident that factored into his separation from the Marine Corps.
Marine Corps spokesperson Capt. Greg Carroll confirmed the “offender” in the March 27 incident – during which recruit Morgan Brown was knocked unconscious and left with three facial fractures, according to his father, Bryan Brown – is being separated because of “multiple disciplinary infractions,” one of which occurred after the sick bay scuffle.
Because of an ongoing investigation, Carroll could neither name the offender nor confirm Morgan Brown’s involvement in the first incident.
The offender, Carroll said Monday afternoon, is currently in Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island support battalion’s “recruit separation platoon” and is scheduled to leave the island this week.
He will join the ranks of just 50 former trainees who have been separated from the Corps because of disciplinary infractions on Parris Island during the past two-plus years. More than 44,000 recruits have come through the depot between Oct. 1, 2013, and April 30, 2016 – the Department of the Navy’s current record-management period – according to Carroll.
During that time the Corps severed ties with only a tenth of one percent of recruits because of discipline issues, the data shows.
“Well he’s gone now after he went off on another kid and the kid didn’t respond ... so he slammed the kid’s head into a column,” Morgan Brown wrote about his attacker in a letter to his parents dated April 26 and shared with the Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette on May 4.
“The kid came back from medical with four staples in the back of his head and it p----- me off that it had to get that bad before they removed him,” Brown wrote.
That April 26 letter was written four days after another letter in which Brown wrote that he sat in his attacker’s “NJP — a nonjudicial punishment, a disciplinary action the U.S. Navy defines as less serious than a court martial — “as a witness to it, so, yes, something has now actually happened.”
Brown’s letters in the wake of the Easter attack indicate his assailant was initially returned to the same barracks, where he continued to intimidate Brown and other recruits.
While Carroll could not discuss details of the March 27 incident, he did say both recruits who were involved “were in support battalion because they had lower extremity injuries.”
“Before you separate recruits, recruits have be medically qualified for separation,” Carroll said Monday afternoon as he explained why the offender was still at the depot.
Carroll said the offender is receiving an “uncharacterized entry level separation.”
The recruit qualified for entry level separation because he’d been in the Corps less than 180 days, Carroll said.
The offender’s separation was a result of “minor disciplinary infractions,” or “MDI.” MDI is a “specific basis for separation” under “involuntary administrative separations” in the Marine Corps’ Separation and Retirement Manual.
“A Marine may be separated when there is ... a documented series of at least THREE (sic) minor disciplinary infractions, during the current enlistment, of a nature which have been or would have been appropriately disciplined under Article 15, UCMJ, nonjudicial punishment,” according to the manual.
On average, Carroll said, over 90 percent of recruits who “take up the challenge of recruit training earn the title Marine.”