Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

(photo: U.S. Army)

NBC News is reporting that the military plans to charge Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion under the Uniform Military Code of Justice (UCMJ) with the possibility of a demotion and a “less than honorable” discharge. 

In 2009, Bergdahl allegedly abandoned his post in Afghanistan, was captured by the Taliban and held captive for five years. In 2014, after years spent trying to recover the missing soldier, the United States traded Bergdahl for the release of five Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

While no desertion charges have yet been filed against Bergdahl, NBC reports that charges will likely be filed within the next few days. 

Watch Bill O’Reilly’s recent coverage on this issue below, then let us know what you think. Should he be charged? If so, what punishment should he get if he is found guilty?