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