The US Army is ready to decide on whether or not disgraced former soldier Bowe Bergdahl is entitled to almost $300,000 in compensation and different advantages he gathered whereas in enemy captivity.
Bergdahl, 31, was held captive by the Taliban for 5 years after he abandoned his base in Afghanistan in 2009.
Last week, a navy choose handed down Bergdahl a dishonorable discharge and demotion from sergeant to non-public after he pleaded responsible to desertion in court docket.
An Army evaluation of Bowe Bergdahl’s (pictured) compensation package deal is ready to be handed down quickly
Bergdahl, 31, was held captive by the Taliban for 5 years after his desertion in 2009 and was returned residence in 2014
Bergdahl’s disappearance led to a number of different troopers being severely wounded as they looked for the lacking soldier.
Soldiers held in captivity often obtain particular compensation price round $150,000, in accordance with The Army Times.
Captive troopers additionally earn different advantages from like hostile-fire pay along with their common compensation that they proceed to ambad whereas in captivity.
Bergdahl’s conviction, nevertheless, has sophisticated the Army’s evaluation on the matter and whether or not he is entitled to compensation.
U.S. Army Private Bowe Bergdahl watches as one among his captors shows his id tag (pictured: July 19, 2009)
‘My understanding is there needs to be an administrative dedication of his responsibility standing at every level, from the time he was captured till now,’ one unidentified navy official instructed the Army Times.
‘In order to determine what he is owed, you are principally going to have to start out from that time of captivity.’
The Department of Defense initially thought of Bergdahl as ‘Duty Status-Whereabouts Unknown,’ however modified it to ‘Missing-Captured’ days later after a Taliban propaganda video emerged displaying him alive.
It’s additionally potential that Bergdahl could owe cash to the Army if the evaluation determines that he shouldn’t be compensated for his time in captivity and was overpaid since his return, in accordance with the official.
‘Based upon the outcomes of trial, the Army is reviewing Sgt. Bergdahl’s pay and allowances,’ Lt. Col. Randy Taylor instructed the Times. ‘His remaining pay and allowances can be decided in accordance with DoD coverage and Army regulation.’
A spokesperson for the Army instructed Daily Mail Online that ‘no timeframe has been established as to when a choice can be made concerning… Bergdahl’s remaining pay and allowances.’
Surrendering Taliban militants stand with their weapons as they’re introduced to the media on November four, 2010 in Herat, Afghanistan