Bergdahl to resume life on active duty

He could be back to work for the Army as soon as Monday, officials say.

NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICEJuly 13, 2014 

Captured Solider

A Pentagon investigation concluded in 2010 that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked away from his unit, and after an initial flurry of searching, the military decided not to exert extraordinary efforts to rescue him, according to a former senior defense official who was involved in the matter. Instead, the U.S. government pursued negotiations to get him back over the following five years of his captivity — a track that led to his release over the weekend.

UNCREDITED — US Army via AP

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has finished undergoing therapy and counseling at an Army hospital in San Antonio, and will assume a job at the Army North headquarters at the same base, Fort Sam Houston, Defense Department officials said late Sunday.

He is also expected to meet with Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl, the officer who is investigating the circumstances of Bergdahl's disappearance from his outpost in Afghanistan in 2009.

"Sgt. Bergdahl has completed the final phase of the reintegration process under the control of U.S. Army South and is currently being assigned to U.S. Army North, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston (JBSA). He will now return to regular duty within the command where he can contribute to the mission. The Army investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the disappearance and capture of Bergdahl is still ongoing," said the U.S. Army Public Affairs Office in a statement Monday.

Bergdahl's transfer from the therapy phase to a regular soldier's job is part of his reintegration into Army life, officials said. He will live in barracks and have two other soldiers help him readjust.

The sergeant has been an outpatient at the hospital for about three weeks, during which time he continued to participate in debriefings about his time as a Taliban prisoner. He was released six weeks ago in exchange for five senior Taliban detainees.

On Thursday, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., who heads the Armed Services Committee, released letters from each of the joint chiefs of staff supporting the repatriation of Bergdahl, a rebuttal to critics who said the swap should not have been made.

Additional reporting from Idaho Statesman.

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