Following his release from Taliban captors in a widely criticized trade for five dangerous terrorists, U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl came under significant scrutiny by his fellow soldiers regarding the circumstances of his disappearance in 2009. He was called a deserter – and even traitor – by some familiar with his rhetoric and behavior while stationed in Afghanistan.
Nevertheless, the Obama administration and U.S. military leaders have insisted that Bergdahl would return to active duty following a period of reintegration, even as an Army investigation into his behavior continues.
As the Associated Press reported Monday, the Pentagon now confirms that he has been reinstated to a post at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, where he has been undergoing treatment since returning to the U.S.
Army Col. Steve Warren confirmed the news, indicating that Bergdahl will be treated no differently than any other soldier as of his statement.
“He is a normal soldier now,” he noted.
Military sources confirm he has ventured out into the community alone and has become more comfortable in public situations.
Reports indicate that his current responsibilities consist of desk duty at the base, though Warren asserted he will “contribute to the mission” of defending the nation from his current position.
A spokesperson from Army North, the area of the Texas base at which Bergdahl will be working, said he will not be limited to desk assignments as his service continues.
According to Don Manuszewski, he is “able to participate in the same on- and off-post opportunities as any other soldier.”
Berdahl has yet to speak publicly about his five years as a hostage or the investigation into his disappearance. As the AP noted, a number of issues related to the case remain unresolved.
In addition to uncertainty regarding the time frame and scope of the investigation, it is still unclear whether Bergdahl will receive about $300,000 he would have earned during his service since 2009.
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