Bergdahl Possibly Owed Back Pay for Time in Captivity
If Gen. Robert Abrams accepts Bergdahl’s sentence, the official said, the service can begin the long process of determining how much money Bergdahl earned in the past eight or so years.
“My understanding is there has to be an administrative determination of his duty status at each point, from the time he was captured until now,” the official said.
The Defense Department marked Bergdahl as “Duty Status-Whereabouts Unknown” on June 30, 2009, Military.com reported in 2014. Three days later, he was switched to “Missing-Captured,” when a Taliban propaganda video showed him alive and detained.
The Army will use that timeline to determine his pay. Ordinarily, the official said, a soldier who has been marked missing or captured would be entitled to back pay upon return.
But Bergdahl, who has been assigned to a desk job since his return and drawing commensurate pay, may not be considered a prisoner of war after pleading guilty to desertion.
“In order to figure out what he’s owed, you’re basically going to have to start from that point of captivity,” the official said.
NCOs Can Apply for Army’s Training with Industry program
The Army has 23 spots for NCOs interested in taking some time away from everyday Army life to get experience working in the corporate world at companies like Disney, USAA and the National Football League.
The opportunities are in a wide range of military occupational specialties for noncommissioned officers between staff sergeant and master sergeant, according to a MilPer message released Monday.
TWI trainees will owe the Army three days for every day spent in the program, or three years for a standard one-year assignment. After completion, soldiers will be assigned to a billet that helps use the skills they learned during TWI.
Syria Declares Fall of ISIS in Syria and Iraq
With the collapse of Isis in Albu Kamal, Isis militants have no major territorial control in Syria and Iraq and are believed to have dispersed in the desert west and east of the Euphrates River. US officials have estimated that there were between 2,500 and 3,500 Isis militants around Albu Kamal, and that leading members of the group were also believed to have taken refuge in the town. The group has a small presence near the capital Damascus.
Isis has suffered consecutive defeats at the hands of separate but simultaneous offensives in Iraq and Syria by the Russian-backed Syrian forces and allied militias as well as US-backed Iraqi and Syrian fighters.