BREAKING: Bowe Bergdahl to be Charged with Desertion

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will be charged with desertion, article 85 under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, with intention to shirk intention or hazardous duty and will also face charges of misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit, or place, under article 99. The case has been referred to an Article 32, preliminary hearing.

An Article 32 preliminary hearing is often compared, according to the Army’s statement delivered at Fort Bragg, to a civilian grand jury hearing. The hearing will take place at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The time and date has yet to be announced. Following the article 32 preliminary hearing and receipt of the officer’s recommendations following the hearing, the report will then be forwarded to a general court martial convening authority.

From that point, a few different scenarios could play out for Bergdahl. The case could be referred to a general court martial, a special court martial, or the charges could be dismissed. Any other actions, outside of these three, as deemed appropriate could also occur.

The charge of desertion, article 85, carries with it the maximum penalty of a dishonorable discharge, reduction to the rank of E-1, total forfeiture of all pay and allowances and a maximum confinement of five years.

Article 99, the charge of misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit, or place, carries with it a maximum penalty of dishonorable discharge, reduction to the rank of E-1, and total forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and possible confinement for life.

The Bergdahl controversy was brought to the country’s attention after Barack Obama made an exchange with the Taliban giving them five of their top leaders who had been held at Guantanamo Bay for Bergdahl’s release. This exchange drew intense criticism for a few reasons.

First, many deemed the exchange, one decided upon unilaterally by Obama without the proper notification of Congress, to be illegal, an allegation which the Government Accountability Office (GAO) confirmed. Second, those who served with Bergdahl said from the beginning that he was a deserter. When he left his post, he reportedly left behind a note not only renouncing his American citizenship, but denouncing America. Third, those who were in the troops who looked for Bergdahl stated that the attacks against them coincidentally became even more targeted after Bergdahl left.

This story has been updated. 


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Jennifer Burke
Jennifer Burke
Jennifer is a Co-Founder of PolitiStick and the Editor-in-Chief. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and a certified teacher with 12 years experience in the classroom. Jennifer attended what is credited for being the first modern-day Tea Party rally in the country in the Seattle area and from there emerged as a powerful speaker and writer within the movement. While still in Washington State, Jennifer was selected to be a member of the second graduating class of the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute (JDLI), a program which identified future conservative leaders. Jennifer worked as the National Outreach Director for one of the largest conservative groups in the country and served as Managing Editor and writer for what quickly grew to become one of the top 15 conservative sites in the country. She brings to Politistick a passion for the fight for freedom for current and future generations.

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