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Reports: Bergdahl to Return to Active Duty

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to return to active duty this week having concluded an intensive round of counseling following his release from Taliban control in May, according to reports.

He could report to active duty as early as Monday, said CNN, citing an unnamed defense official.

Bergdahl, held for five years before being released in exchange for five Taliban held by the U.S., received treatment at military hospitals in Germany before continuing his care in San Antonio, Texas.

Berghdahl went missing while serving with the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. Some former troops from the unit have accused Bergdahl of being a deserter.

CNN cited an official familiar with the issue saying that an Army investigation conducted in the months after his disappearance determined Bergdahl left his outpost in Paktika Province deliberately. However, it remained unclear whether that would constitute desertion, since the investigation didn't determine Bergdahl's motive.

If it is found Berghdahl deserted, military authorities would have to weigh a range of factors, including the effect any action had on fellow soldiers. If he's found to have committed misconduct -- whether by being absent without leave or by deserting his unit -- possible penalties range from an administrative discharge up to several years in prison.

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