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Managing Partner Greg T. Rinckey talks promotions and back pay for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with Washington Times.


Bergdahl may collect $200K in back pay, benefits: ‘He is due his pay’

By Douglas Ernst
Friday, June 6, 2014

FILE - In this file image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. Once released from captivity, a soldier like Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl enters a series of debriefings and counseling sessions, all carefully orchestrated by the U.S. military, to ease the soldier back into normal life. In military parlance, it’s known as “reintegration,” and Bergdahl, who spent five years as a captive of the Taliban under circumstances now hotly debated, is working his way through its early stages at a U.S. military hospital in Germany. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video, File)Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl may be owed up to $200,00 in back pay and benefits for his time in captivity.

Army regulations stipulate that he is entitled to his salary of roughly $1,400 a month for his deployment, plus benefits such as housing allowance and hostile-fire pay.

The Army still must conduct a final investigation into his disappearance from his platoon, but technically he is due the money, Military Times reported Friday.

“He is entitled to that money,” said Greg Rinckey, a former Army judge advocate who practices military law with his New York-based firm Tully Rinckey, the Times reported.

Sgt. Bergdahl was released June 1 by the Taliban in exchange for five top commanders held in Guantanamo Bay Detention Center for years. He had been in captivity for five years.

“At a later date, the Army could go back and try to recoup it, but at this point, he is due his pay,” Mr. Rinckey added.

Sgt. Berdahl’s official military status has changed from “missing/captured” to “Sergeant,” but officials were unable to tell the Times whether his paychecks will be processed or back pay provided.

He was also promoted twice — from E-3 paygrade to E-5 — during the time he was held by the Taliban, despite an internal Army investigation that concluded he most likely violated orders by leaving his post.

© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC.


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