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AUSTIN, Texas, Dec 14 (Reuters) - The charges against U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a former prisoner of the Taliban in Afghanistan charged with desertion, were referred on Monday for trial by general court-martial, a lawyer for Bergdahl said.
Bergdahl, 29, was charged earlier this year with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. He faces up to life in prison if convicted of the more serious offense of misbehavior. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz, editing by G Crosse)
Though I'm not sure how somebody not on sentry duty can violate general orders for sentries, but whatever.
According to first-hand accounts from soldiers in his platoon, Bergdahl, while on guard duty, shed his weapons and walked off the observation post with nothing more than a compass, a knife, water, a digital camera, and a diary.
Former Pfc. Jose Baggett, 27, of Chicago, was also in Blackfoot Company, and said he was close to two men “killed because of his (Bergdahl’s) actions.”
“He walked off,” Baggett told CNN. “He left his guard post. Nobody knows if he defected or he’s a traitor or he was kidnapped. What I do know is he was there to protect us and instead he decided to defer from America and go and do his own thing. I don’t know why he decided to do that, but we spend so much of our resources and some of those resources were soldiers’ lives.”
Fellow soldiers say Bergdahl deserted his post, cost lives of people searching for him
originally posted by: vor78
I wonder how much of that Obama trip to the Pentagon today was actually an attempt to lean on the military not to push forward with this?
Regardless, its about time. I was afraid they were going to let this guy off the hook.
he became a noncom in absentia by special rules that come into play for POWS or people left behind enemy lines. He was not boarded and he did not make it on promotion points or otherwise by merit in a war zone. He is a noncom in name only. and soon he will be a pvt again. A UCMJ action or trial starts with the onus being on the defense to prove he is not guilty. that is he is presumed guilty and it is up to the defense to prove other wise. it is not like a civilian trial. it is unusual if the result of a court martial comes out in the defendant's favor.
originally posted by: murphy22
An American Soldier's, First General Order: "I will guard everything within the limits of my post and quit my post, only when properly relieved"!
It's a "standard"! A law, regulation, code, duty, a trust, every American Soldier gets pounded into thier brain. Not because "they" said you'd do it. But because, you said you would! It's a warriors code.
He was "Posted"! Period! Maybe not on guard duty. Maybe not on the "crew served". But he was "posted". He left his post.
He accepted a Soldier's job. He wasn't drafted. Soldier's died trying to find/save his hind end.
He needs to be convicted for "dereliction of duty" if not for "the Warriors that fell" trying to find his a**.
I don't know how this POS sleeps at night.
I really don't understand how he became a NonCom! When did that happen? He deserted as a Specialist. Which is a dishonor to "Full Bird Privates",... (Said with all due respect and honor, "Specialist". NonCom may be, The Backbone", but you're the muscle). Then he somehow? Becomes a Non-Commissioned Officer? How's that?