Documents posted on The Bergdahl Docket by Bergdahl’s defense team say he was diagnosed with schizotypal personality disorder.
Bowe Bergdahl left his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and allegedly was captured and held captive by the Taliban until 2014. Bergdahl is facing a court-martial, charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy for leaving his post in Afghanistan in 2009.
Another newly released document from July 2015 shows that an Army Sanity Board Evaluation concluded that Bergdahl suffered from schizotypal personality disorder when he left the post. Army Times
The Mayo Clinic definition of schizotypal personality disorder:
People with schizotypal personality disorder are often described as odd or eccentric and usually have few, if any, close relationships. They generally don’t understand how relationships form or the impact of their behavior on others. They may also misinterpret others’ motivations and behaviors and develop significant distrust of others.
These problems may lead to severe anxiety and a tendency to turn inward in social situations, as the person with schizotypal personality disorder responds inappropriately to social cues and holds peculiar beliefs.
Schizotypal personality disorder typically is diagnosed in early adulthood and likely to endure, though symptoms may improve with age. Medications and therapy also may help. Mayo Clinic
An odd duck with eccentric beliefs. He still knows right from wrong.
Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the enlisted U.S. soldier who left his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was later ransomed from an Islamist extremist network by the Obama administration for five Taliban leaders, was charged with desertion and ‘misbehavior before the enemy’ buy the U.S. Army on Wednesday.
But he won’t face the death penalty if a military court martial finds him guilty of ‘Desertion with Intent to Shirk Important or Hazardous Duty.’ The level of that charge the Pentagon levied on him carries a maximum of just a 5 year prison term.
The other charge, however, ‘Misbehavior Before the Enemy by Endangering the Safety of a Command, Unit or Place,’ could send him to a military prison for life. DailyMail
Bergdahl walked away from his post not once but twice. His act of desertion and collaboration with the enemy resulted in the deaths of several American soldiers. Those men lost their lives trying to rescue Bergdahl when he walked off the base. The current administration in the White Housed traded a deserter for five enemies.
It seems that the Taliban who handed over Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to the U.S. Special Forces team in the prisoner exchange in Afghanistan were disapointed the Americans “did not stop to talk or exchange polite greetings.”
But once on the ground, the Americans, to the dismay of the Taliban, proved uninterested in any pomp. They rushed through the encounter and did not stop to talk or exchange polite greetings, as is customary in Afghanistan, even during hostage releases. The narrator complained that they had managed to shake hands with only two of the Americans, and that one of them had hastily shoved his left hand forward, considered a particularly rude gesture in Afghanistan.
On Facebook General Martin E. Dempsey made the following statement:
In response to those of you interested in my personal judgments about the recovery of SGT Bowe Bergdahl, the questions about this particular soldier’s conduct are separate from our effort to recover ANY U.S. service member in enemy captivity. This was likely the last, best opportunity to free him. As for the circumstances of his capture, when he is able to provide them, we’ll learn the facts. Like any American, he is innocent until proven guilty. Our Army’s leaders will not look away from misconduct if it occurred. In the meantime, we will continue to care for him and his family. Finally, I want to thank those who for almost five years worked to find him, prepared to rescue him, and ultimately put themselves at risk to recover him.
There are many questions on the prisoner exchange of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and 5 Gitmo terrorist.
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was captured in 2009 in Afghanistan. At the time of his capture he was a private. BreitBart reports that Bergdahl was promoted twice in captivity and is scheduled for another promotion in June to staff sergeant. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was held captive by the Taliban and was just released in a prisoner exchange that was arranged by the White House through negotiations with the Taliban.
Brad Knickerbocker at the Christian Science Monitor reports that Bergdahl’s story is one of recovery, reunion with his family, and military debriefings. “Those debriefings also will include difficult questions about how and why he happened to be in a position where he fell into the hands of Taliban fighters.”
At this point in the developing narrative, Sgt. Bergdahl seems to have grown disillusioned with the mission, bitter about the Army and especially higher ranking enlisted men and officers, and simply walked off – gone “outside the wire” or protective base limits – and disappeared.
There are questions surrounding the circumstances of Bergdahl’s capture with mixed reactions from the military community.