Bergdahl set to resume life on active duty

By Eric Schmitt, New York Times News Service

Published: Sun, July 13, 2014, 10:30 p.m. MDT

 This undated file image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

This undated file image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

(Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — Six weeks after being released from five years in Taliban captivity, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to return to life as a regular Army soldier as early as Monday, Defense Department officials said late Sunday.

Bergdahl has finished undergoing therapy and counseling at an Army hospital in San Antonio, and will assume a job at the Army North headquarters at the same base, Fort Sam Houston, the officials said.

He is also expected to meet with Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl, the officer who is investigating the circumstances of Bergdahl’s disappearance from his outpost in Afghanistan in 2009.

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.

The sergeant has been an outpatient at the hospital for about three weeks, during which time he continued to participate in debriefings about his time as a Taliban prisoner. He was released six weeks ago in exchange for five senior Taliban detainees.

On Thursday, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., who heads the Armed Services Committee, released letters from each of the Joint Chiefs of Staff supporting the repatriation of Bergdahl, a rebuttal to critics who said the swap should not have been made.

1. lib1
Provo, UT,
July 14, 2014

As an Army prosecutor, I am requesting Fort Sam Houston as my next duty station.

2. BYUalum
South Jordan, UT,
July 14, 2014

Hmmm. Interesting. A deserter goes back to being a regular soldier! What happened to his being tried under military court for abandoning his post and possible court martial? Is this all going to be swept under the run to protect the administration's releasing 5 terrorists for this man?

3. GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA,
July 14, 2014

‘Bergdahl set to resume life on active duty’

And the millions of ungrateful "Conservatives" who wanted to leave this soldier behind, in direct contradiction to military protocol, will just have to fret and fume about what a terrible thing it is to have this soldier back in service.

4. Uncle_Fester
Niskayuna, NY,
July 14, 2014

The politics of this is just astounding. This guy is not fit now, and was never previously fit for any sort of active duty. His own comrades have said truth to power about what he did, but this administration is so determined to pretend that Islam is our friend that it will do anything to further that illusion. I bet that nobody he serves with from here on out will trust him at all, for anything. Were I in this guy's platoon, I'd be watching him 24/7.

5. Stormwalker
Cleveland , OH,
July 14, 2014

So all the howling outrage about Berghdal and Obama seems to have been manufactured, based on rumor and innuendo and disinformation. Support the troops does not mean attacking soldiers when it is politically convenient.