POLL: Should Bergdahl Receive $300,000 in Back Pay Benefits?

It has already been announced that Bowe Bergdahl — whom abandoned his post in Afghanistan 8 years ago and subsequently killed 6 service men after they conducted search and rescue missions — will not be serving any jail time.

The final ruling of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was declared by Military Judge Col. Jeffery Nance, who ruled Bergdahl will serve no prison time after he deserted his post in Afghanistan and endangering his service members.

Back in October Bergdahl pleaded guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy; being a ‘captive’ of the Taliban for five years. During this time 6 service members died in the search for Bergdahl.

The punishment for his actions are dishonorable discharge from the U.S. Military, lose rand and forfeit pay, as seen by the Associated Press reports below.

 Now, the U.S. Army needs to determine whether or not he will receive back pay and other benefits.
According to Army TimesIn total, along with his basic and deployment pay, he could be entitled to more than $300,000.

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.

The Defense Department marked Bergdahl as “Duty Status-Whereabouts Unknown” on June 30, 2009, Military.com reported in 2014. Three days later, he was switched to “Missing-Captured,” when a Taliban propaganda video showed him alive and detained.

The Army will use that timeline to determine his pay. Ordinarily, the official said, a soldier who has been marked missing or captured would be entitled to back pay upon return.


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