Bergdahl dismissed from Coast Guard before Army

Bowe Bergdahl, the Army soldier who was recently charged with desertion, was discharged from the Coast Guard after only 26 days. According to the Washington Post, Bergdahl left the Coast Guard due to psychological reasons in 2006, three years before we went missing in Afghanistan.

The Washington Post also reports that Bergdhal received an “uncharacterized discharge,” which applies to those who were not able to complete 180 days of service. Bergdhal’s lead lawyer, Eugene Fidell, raised questions as to why the Army would enlist the sergeant, even though they knew about his short stint with the coast guard. reports that the aforementioned information along with Bergdhal’s cooperation with the FBI to help identify and bring his captors to justice in the upcoming trial should allow him to be honorably discharged. There is no official date for the hearing as of yet, but it is expected to begin April 22 at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Same Houston, the same place Bergdahl is serving administrative duties. The defense will also use Bergdahl’s second Good Conduct medal, awarded to him last August, which cited him for “exemplary behavior, efficiency and fidelity in active federal military service.”

In a letter to Gen. Mark Milley, commander of Army Forces Command, Fidell stated that Bergdhal’s enlistment did not violate any service regulations. Fidell wrote that “given the circumstances surrounding Sgt. Bergdahl’s entry-level separation from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Army’s subsequent decision to enlist him with a waiver was improvident.”

Bergdhal joined the Army during the peak of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2008, the same year that one in five recruits were allowed to enlist with a waiver for health or other concerns.

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