Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was held captive by the Taliban for five years after walking away from his post – he is said to have expressed misgivings about his and the US military’s role in the conflict prior to his actions.
On Wednesday, the 28-year-old was formally charged with desertion, which carries a maximum sentence of five years, and a more serious count of misbehaviour before the enemy – which carries the maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
Bergdahl, who is originally from Idaho, currently has an administrative role in an office at Fort Sam Houson in San Antonio, Texas. A spokeswoman at the base said it would be up to the lawyers to determine what would happen to Bergdahl now that he has been charged.
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An employee of the US Army could face life in prison after the Department of Defense insist he shirked his duties and endangered other workers back in 2009.