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Wed Mar 25, 2015, 07:50 PM

Rolling Stone: 6 Things You Need to Know About the Charges Faced by Bowe Bergdahl

6 Things You Need to Know About the Charges Faced by Bowe Bergdahl


Q: Is Bergdahl getting court martialed?

A: Not yet. The Army will first bring the charges against Bergdahl before an Article 32 preliminary hearing. At his press conference today, Col. King compared this to a civilian grand jury process. Recommendations from the Article 32 hearing will determine whether the case is referred to a court martial.

Q: So what penalties can Bergdahl face?

A: The "maximum potential punishment" for both charges, according to Col. King, include "a dishonorable discharge, reduction to the rank of E-1, and total forfeiture of all pay and allowances." The desertion charge additionally carries can be punished with "a maximum confinement 5 years." The misbehavior charge can be punished, Col. King said, by "possible confinement for life."

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