John Walker’s honorable discharge and deprivation of benefits was bad, but it could have been worse, even including a court martial.

After John Walker received disciplinary action for his public collapse in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, raised the question of what would happen to him in the real world. In Episode 4, “The Whole World Is Watching,” Walker tarnished Captain America’s shield and put the United States in a shameful international incident when he brutally murdered one of the Flag-Smashers in public view. Distraught that super soldier Karli Morgenthau accidentally killed his partner, Battlestar, during a fight, the new Captain America broke down and, in his rage, killed the first Flag-Smasher he could get his hands on.

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So it wasn’t a surprise to see, early in episode 5, “Truth,” that Walker faced a swift disciplinary hearing for his actions. Forced to act against his new Captain America thanks to public and international pressure, Walker received a retroactive non-honorable discharge (OTH) earlier that month. Along with that, he was stripped of his Captain rank in retirement, in addition to receiving no benefits or pension. Without a doubt a harsh punishment, it was a severe blow for John Walker, who had dedicated his life to the military, arguing in his audience.I lived my life according to your mandates. I dedicated my life to their mandates. I just did what you asked me to do, what you told me to go and you trained me to do, and I did it, and I did it right.

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Still, considering the punishment that could have been, and probably would have been, in real life, Walker came out easy. An OTH is the most severe level of administrative discharge, but it still falls short of a court martial. As the Senator President informed him, what kept him from being court-martialed was Walker’s exemplary military record, and the fact that the United States did not want to admit that its brand-new Captain America was an unhinged responsibility, although they would never admit it. . Generally, an OTH is the punishment for crimes such as security violations, assault charges, drug possession, and other drug violations; in other words, quite serious, but nowhere near the level of the crime that Walker had committed.

In reality, it is very likely that Walker had faced a court martial and a dishonorable discharge. On the surface, it wouldn’t have been much different from the stripping of rank and perks he received with his OTH. But a dishonorable discharge is reserved for what the military considers the most reprehensible acts during service, such as rape, murder, and betrayal, and is a mark of the deepest shame among service members. Also, in many states, it is treated in the same way as a felony charge with consequent loss of civil rights, such as voting, holding office, or serving as a jury. In all likelihood, if John Walker had faced a court-martial and dishonorable discharge, he would have found it very difficult to find work in the civilian world.

However, there is one more thing that distinguishes a dishonorable discharge from Walker’s OTH, and it may very well end up being a critical span of judgment on behalf of the US Army: When someone has been dishonorably discharged, the law US federal to own or buy a firearm or ammunition ever again, across the board. With Walker’s history of erratic behavior, emotional instability, and a tendency to violence, it is an oversight that multiple characters in MCU Phase 4 may regret going forward.

Still, as an analogous parallel to the real-world trend for law enforcement and enlisted military personnel involved in murders and other serious crimes to be released relatively unscathed. At the very least, they often don’t face the degree of punishment that a civilian, and particularly one of color, would. In that sense, the timing is an incredibly accurate and appropriate result that reflects the disparity of punishment between black and white men in the real world. If John Walker had been a soldier in real life, he probably would have been court-martialed just because he publicly committed a crime; otherwise, you may have received the same minor OTH that you received in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Either way, Walker is a time bomb that will soon explode.

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