Men died searching for Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl, who was swapped for five Taliban prisoners by Barack Obama. Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion, yet still recevied no prison time. Now, he could be eligible to recoup hundreds of thousands in back pay.
From Idaho Statesman:
Bergdahl could still collect $300,000 from the Army despite dishonorable discharge
As part of his sentencing last week, Idahoan and former Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl must forfeit pay equal to $1,000 per month for 10 months. But he could still be entitled to more than $300,000 from the Army, reports Army Times.
Army officials haven’t yet calculated the exact figure, but the sum would include bonus pay given to captured troops, along with his basic pay and benefits from the five years Bergdahl spent in captivity after walking away from his post in Afghanistan in 2009, the Army publication reported.
More, from Army Times:
Army to determine if Bergdahl is owed back pay for his time in captivity
But the Army has not calculated that pay yet, a G-1 spokesman told Army Times, because the legal proceedings since his homecoming in 2014 have put that in limbo.
“Based upon the results of trial, the Army is reviewing Sgt. Bergdahl’s pay and allowances,” Lt. Col. Randy Taylor told Army Times. “His final pay and allowances will be determined in accordance with DoD policy and Army regulation.”
Those policies and regulations require the Army to wait for Gen. Robert Abrams, the commander of Army Forces Command and the convening authority in this case, to approve the sentence that was handed down to Bergdahl, an Army official, who was not authorized to speak on the record, told Army Times.
If Abrams accepts Bergdahl’s sentence, the official said, the service can begin the long process of determining how much money Bergdahl earned in the past eight or so years.
“My understanding is there has to be an administrative determination of his duty status at each point, from the time he was captured until now,” the official said.
H/T: Weasel Zippers
As if Bergdahl’s joke of a sentence wasn’t bad enough, this would be a travesty if it comes to fruition and will encourage others to follow in his traitorous footsteps knowing there are no repercussions.