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Now, before panties get bunched here - he has to go back to active duty for an inquiry or a court martial.

(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.

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Re: Ex-captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could return to active duty Monday
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2014, 06:41:59 AM »
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Bergdahl Is Set to Resume Life on Active Duty
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2014, 08:25:39 AM »

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Re: Bergdahl Is Set to Resume Life on Active Duty
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2014, 09:11:38 AM »
When - if ever - will he be charged with desertion? 
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Re: Ex-captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could return to active duty Monday
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2014, 10:36:01 AM »
When - if ever - will he be charged with desertion? 

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Re: Bergdahl Is Set to Resume Life on Active Duty
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2014, 11:05:39 AM »
When - if ever - will he be charged with desertion?

How about just an Article 32 hearing to start??  The function of such a hearing is to determine whether charges shall be filed against him.

If he is still a recovering patient, there is no way that the Army would charge him with anything.  Once he is returned to Active Duty though, things are much different.  It is significant that he is not being discharged.

Give this a bit of churn time.  Let's see exactly where this goes in a week.

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Re: Ex-captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could return to active duty Monday
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2014, 12:17:39 PM »
Wow 6 weeks to totally recover from near death.  :smokin:  Isn't that what the regime said, he was so unhealthy they had to get him out?
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Re: Ex-captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could return to active duty Monday
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2014, 12:26:54 PM »
Wow 6 weeks to totally recover from near death.  :smokin:  Isn't that what the regime said, he was so unhealthy they had to get him out?

Well - to be totally fair - the Army has a wee bit of a different definition of health. If you can breathe, move on your own and don't get the shakes too much, you are healthy.

They want this mess out of the way, and by they I mean the ones at the top of the tree. I'll lay money on him being found unfit through mental illness and given an honorable discharge.
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Re: Ex-captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could return to active duty Monday
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2014, 12:37:12 PM »
Well - to be totally fair - the Army has a wee bit of a different definition of health. If you can breathe, move on your own and don't get the shakes too much, you are healthy.

They want this mess out of the way, and by they I mean the ones at the top of the tree. I'll lay money on him being found unfit through mental illness and given an honorable discharge.

I quite disagree.  If he were unfit to continue on Active Duty due to any kind of mental illness or other condition that was a result of his captivity, he would not be retained, but would have been Administratively Separated upon release from the medical facility. 

Again, under the UCMJ, he has to have an Article 32 hearing before anything can be decided, and the only way he would ever face any charges is if he were found to be healthy enough to return to Active Duty.  The only way he would have escaped any charges is if he had been found to have a profound disability, or were suffering from extreme wounds, or some other obvious medical condition.  That he has been returned to Active Duty tells me that the legal process is just getting ready to begin for Bowe al Ameriiki.

Give this some time.

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Re: Ex-captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could return to active duty Monday
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2014, 12:41:29 PM »
I trust your judgement. So we give it time and see what shakes out of the tree.  :beer:
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Slain Soldier's Family 'Furious' Bowe Bergdahl on Active Duty
« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2014, 02:03:11 PM »
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/bowe-bergdahl-released/slain-soldiers-family-furious-bowe-bergdahl-active-duty-n155356

Slain Soldier's Family 'Furious' Bowe Bergdahl on Active Duty

The family of a soldier who blame Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for their son's death said Monday they are "furious" he has been returned to active duty while an investigation into his capture by the Taliban continues. "This is another attempt to give credibility to a deserter to protect the decision to free five extremely dangerous Taliban," Sondra Andrews, mother of fallen 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews, said in a message to NBC News. Her son was killed in eastern Afghanistan in September 2009, and members of his platoon told the family that he was searching for Bergdahl when he was ambushed.

The Pentagon has not linked Bergdahl's abduction to the death of any service members killed in the weeks that followed as the military searched for him. But a number of families firmly believe that if Bergdahl had not left his base, their loved ones would still be alive, and they have branded him a deserter. Bergdahl was released May 31 after the U.S. agreed to release five Taliban militants from Guantanamo Bay, and he just completed the military's re-integration program.


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Peters: Bergdahl's Military Desk Job Is a 'Joke'
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Re: Ex-captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could return to active duty Monday
« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2014, 08:22:51 PM »
It happens rarely, but you do occasionally find one of the brass who has a nice sense of irony.

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