Bowe Bergdahl is a deserter. He already got off with no jail time for some strange reason. Does he really deserve hundreds of thousands of dollars in back pay?
U.S. Army Mulls over Whether to Give Bergdahl $300,000 in Back Pay
The U.S. Army is mulling over whether to give Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl $300,000 worth of back pay and other benefits that he accrued while in captivity with the Taliban.
Bergdahl, 31, had been captured by the Taliban after he walked off his base in Afghanistan, and pleaded guilty to desertion charges. A military judge ruled that Bergdahl be dishonorably discharged and demoted in rank from sergeant to private for his sentence, but that he serve no prison time.
But after Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion charges, the Army is weighing whether the private could still be considered a prisoner of war, according to Fox News.
Prisoners of war and other soldiers in captivity are entitled to exclusive benefits, such as $150,000 worth of special compensation. They are also eligible for hostile-fire pay and basic pay for their usual duties while in captivity.
One Army official said that it is likely Bergdahl would only receive basic pay for the five years he spent in captivity.
They ought to give his back pay to the families of the soldiers who were injured or died while looking for him.