On Tuesday, Defense officials reported that Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is expected to be charged with desertion, stemming from his disappearance back in 2009 when he was stationed in Afghanistan. Bergdahl was released from captivity in a Taliban prisoner swap, and could be charged in a week. Army and defense officials have reiterated, “No decision has been made” yet. According to NBC News, Bergdahl will likely face a lesser charge of desertion described in the Uniform Code of Military Justice as leaving a post to avoid duty or shirk an important assignment, based on his actions when he left a remote outpost in June 2009.
The charges he potentially faces, carry a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison once convicted. However, the Army is considering his 5 years spent in captivity as time served and given the opportunity to avoid prosecution by leaving the Army with a less than honorable discharge. Bergdahl potentially faces losing $300,000 in back pay and benefits as well as a reduction in rank from Sergeant to Private First Class or even lower. Read more at Examiner.com
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