Ex-captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could return to active duty

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140219104215-18-americans-detained-bowe-bergdahl-restricted-c1-main(CNN) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has finished undergoing therapy and counseling at an Army hospital in San Antonio and could return to active duty as early as Monday, a defense official tells CNN.

Bergdahl was held captive by militants for five years before he was released in May in exchange for five Taliban members held by the U.S. military.

Some critics of the swap have said Bergdahl was a deserter who endangered colleagues searching for him.

Bergdahl went missing on June 30, 2009, in Afghanistan’s Paktika province, where he was deployed with the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

An Army fact-finding investigation conducted in the months after his disappearance concluded he left his outpost deliberately and of his own free will, according to an official who was briefed on the report.

But there was no definitive conclusion Bergdahl was a deserter because that would require knowing his intent — something officials couldn’t learn without talking to him, a U.S. military official has said.

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Carl Levin, said each of the Joint Chiefs of Staff supported Bergdahl’s repatriation.

“Each of these military leaders emphasized a simple principle — America does not leave its troops behind,” Levin said. “The unanimous support of the Joint Chiefs for securing Sgt. Bergdahl’s release is a powerful statement on the importance of that commitment.”

Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl is leading the Army’s formal Bergdahl investigation, which will review previous findings.

The two-star general could ask to re-interview anyone who can shed light on the case.

Talking to Bergdahl himself would likely be the last step in the investigation, one official said.

2 comments

  • Bob

    I guess the Feds figured this was the best way, someone will murder the coward and then the Feds are off the hook.

  • Stu

    Every serviceman accepts these regulations as law. So how many of these regulations did he break. And he is not a deserter, yeah right. He walked away leaving his brother in danger.

    1. To take charge of this post and all government property in view.

    2. To walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing.

    3. To report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce.

    4. To repeat all calls from posts more distant from the guardhouse (or the Quarterdeck) than my own.

    5. To quit my post only when properly relieved.

    6. To receive, obey, and pass on to the sentry who relieves me, all orders from the Commanding Officer, Command Duty Officer, Officer of the Day, Officer of the Deck, and Officers and Petty Officers of the watch only.

    7. To talk to no one except in the line of duty.

    8. To give the alarm in case of fire or disorder.

    9. To call the Corporal of the Guard or Officer of the Deck in any case not covered by instructions.

    10. To salute all officers and all colors and standards not cased.

    11. To be especially watchful at night and during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post, and to allow no one to pass without proper authority.

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