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Sgt. Bowe R. Bergdahl Charged With Desertion

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Sgt. Bowe R. Bergdahl, 28, who was captured by the Taliban in 2009 after disappearing from his Army outpost in Afghanistan, was charged with desertion with the intent to to avoid hazardous duty or to shirk important service and misbehavior before the enemy, Stars and Stripes reported on March 25.

It’s unclear what will happen to Bergdahl, who was released in May 2014 in exchange for five Taliban members who were being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to The New York Times. 

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Bergdahl might not serve any time. Defense officials have said they don’t have the desire to imprison him if he’s court-martialed and convicted, but he could face dishonorable discharge and life in prison.

Bergdahl, who was a private first class when he was taken by the Taliban, has been assigned to administrative duty at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, since June 2014.

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Sources: CNN, Stars and Stripes, The New York Times

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