first published on December 14, 2015 by Josh
Bowe Bergdahl is now facing general court-martial under Articles 85 and 99 of the UCMJ, his maximum sentence is life plus five years.
Monday, December 14th, 2015 General Robert Abrams, commanding general of Forces Command, and the court-martial convening authority have pushed Bowe Bergdahl’s hearing to General Court-Martial. The arraignment date has not been set, and the location of the trial will be Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where FORSCOM has its headquarters.
Article 85 carries a max sentence of 5 years confinement, a dishonorable discharge, reduction to the rank of E-1, and forfeiture of all pay and allowances. Article 99 carries a max sentence of confinement for life as well as a dishonorable discharge, reduction in rank to E-1, and forfeiture of pay and allowances.
If found guilty of all charges, Bergdahl could face life in a military prison. His lawyers were hoping to not go this route, but have stated that they will continue to defend Bergdahl to the end.
This decision was made just days after the beginning of a new Podcast entitled Serial, where Bergdahl has compared himself to Jason Bourne. He is also talking, at length, about his overall experience in captivity.