Many people were stunned last week when, after Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty to deserting his post, a judged ruled that he would not serve time in jail.
Rather, Bergdahl was dishonorably discharged and received a demotion.
Even more surprisingly, Bergdahl may be soon be receiving more than $300,000.
Per Army Times:
When Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl came home in 2014, he was potentially entitled to hundreds of thousands of dollars in pay that accumulated over five years while he was in Taliban captivity in Afghanistan.
Bergdahl was captured after walking off base on June 30, 2009, while deployed to Paktika province with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.
According to the report, the federal government awards additional funds to soldiers who spend time in captivity.
Whether or not Bergdahl will receive the funds is still being determined:
But the Army has not calculated that pay yet, a G-1 spokesman told Army Times, because the legal proceedings since his homecoming in 2014 have put that in limbo.
“Based upon the results of trial, the Army is reviewing Sgt. Bergdahl’s pay and allowances,” Lt. Col. Randy Taylor told Army Times. “His final pay and allowances will be determined in accordance with DoD policy and Army regulation.”
Those policies and regulations require the Army to wait for Gen. Robert Abrams, the commander of Army Forces Command and the convening authority in this case, to approve the sentence that was handed down to Bergdahl, an Army official, who was not authorized to speak on the record, told Army Times.