Sgt. Bergdahl to Return to Active Duty, Fox News Confirms
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to return to the active duty roster this week, Fox News has confirmed. According to the Pentagon, he will return to regular duty and be doing administrative work. The American soldier was freed in May after five years in Taliban captivity in Afghanistan. Bergdahl was released in exchange for five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.
Today on America’s Newsroom, Steve Hayes, senior writer for The Weekly Standard, said that while it is part of Army protocol to begin a reintegration process, this move seems rushed.
Though Bergdahl has completed his therapy in Texas, Hayes noted that the investigation into the circumstances surrounding his disappearance has not been completed.
“He’s been interviewed several times about the circumstances of his departure, about his time in captivity, […] but they haven’t reached any conclusion about whether he was or was not a deserter,” Hayes said.
Since his rescue, members of Bergdahl’s platoon publicly said that he walked off the base before being captured.
He is also expected to meet with Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl, the officer who is investigating the circumstances of Sergeant Bergdahl’s disappearance from his outpost in Afghanistan in 2009.
Sergeant Bergdahl’s transfer from the therapy phase to a regular soldier’s job is part of his reintegration into Army life, officials said. He will live in barracks and have two other soldiers help him readjust.
Last Thursday, Senator Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat who heads the Armed Services Committee, released letters from each of the Joint Chiefs of Staff supporting the repatriation of Sergeant Bergdahl, a rebuttal to critics who said the swap should not have been made.
It's unclear whether Bergdahl's parents have been able to meet with him since his return.
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