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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Has Not Been Charged With Desertion

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Contrary to earlier media reports, Army Times confirmed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has not been charged with desertion.

Paul Boyce, a spokesman for Forces Command, said the Army will continue to review the case against Bergdahl.

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Bergdahl was serving in Paktikia province, Afghanistan, when he disappeared on June 30, 2009. He was held captive by the Taliban before being freed five years later. But Bergdahl is accused of leaving his patrol base alone and intentionally.

Since he was freed in a prisoner swap in May 2014, Bergdahl has been assigned to a desk job at U.S. Army North at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, while the Army reviews his actions and decides what discipinary action, if any, to take.

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Rumors of the desertion charges began circulating when retired Lt. Col. Tony Schaffer told Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" that the Army plans to charge Bergdahl with desertion, citing anonymous military sources.

NBC News, citing an anonymous senior defense official, also reported that Bergdahl would be charged with desertion. 

Gen. Mark Milley, commanding general of Forces Command, "is reviewing now the Army's facts and findings to determine, impartially, any appropriate next steps and possible actions," Boyce said. "No decision's been made."

Bergdahl's attorney Eugene Fidell declined to comment. 

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