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Bergdahl Given ‘Uncharacterized Discharge’ From Coast Guard Prior To Army Service
WJFK-FM CBS - DC / The Washington Post ^ | June 11, 2014

Posted on 06/11/2014 1:44:53 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Prior to his Army service, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was “administratively discharged” from the Coast Guard after only 26 days in 2006.

U.S. Coast Guard and Army officials confirmed to CBS News that the sergeant who was recently exchanged for five Taliban detainees had joined the Coast Guard before the Army, but was dismissed for unclear reasons just 26 days later.

Lt. Col. Elaine Conway told CBS News that the Army knew of Bergdahl’s discharge from the Coast Guard, and said they are “looking into” whether it was known at the time of his enlistment into the Army.

An “uncharacterized discharge” means that Bergdahl didn’t serve long enough to have his performance characterized or judged.

According to The Washington Post, which obtained several pieces of Bergdahl’s writings at the time, show a man struggling with mental health issues.

“Trying to keep myself togeather [sic],” he wrote, according to The Post. “I’m worried. The closer I get to ship day, the calmer the voices are. I’m reverting. I’m getting colder. My feelings are being flushed with the frozen logic and the training, all the unfeeling cold judgment of the darkness,” he wrote in an entry right before he deployed....

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KEYWORDS: army; bergdahl; coastguard; military
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1 posted on 06/11/2014 1:44:53 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is the Army so desperate that they let nut jobs like Bergdahl in after they’ve washed out of another branch of service? That is extremely disturbing to those of us who have loved ones in the Army.


2 posted on 06/11/2014 1:47:32 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

” “I’m worried. The closer I get to ship day, the calmer the voices are. I’m reverting. I’m getting colder. My feelings are being flushed with the frozen logic and the training, all the unfeeling cold judgment of the darkness,”

Oh dear. Bet he would be a load of fun after 18 hours rolling around in a Humvee.


3 posted on 06/11/2014 1:48:36 PM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept? Vive Deco et Vives)
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To: txrefugee

Bergdahl Was Discharged from the Coast Guard for Psychological Reasons Before He Joined the Army
http://www.thewire.com/politics/2014/06/bergdahl-was-discharged-from-the-coast-guard-for-psychological-reasons-before-he-joined-the-army/372582/


4 posted on 06/11/2014 1:49:08 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Great. A brain-damaged freak in addition to being a deserter and a traitor. ...and the fools promoted him to Sgt.


5 posted on 06/11/2014 1:51:59 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: txrefugee

That is what looks like happened. Used to be that if you washed out of boot camp, none of the other branches would touch you.


6 posted on 06/11/2014 1:52:08 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

he also try to join the French Foreign Legion and was told where to go


7 posted on 06/11/2014 1:53:07 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: Constitution Day
“I’m worried. The closer I get to ship day, the calmer the voices are. I’m reverting. I’m getting colder. My feelings are being flushed with the frozen logic and the training, all the unfeeling cold judgment of the darkness,”


8 posted on 06/11/2014 1:54:31 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: hal ogen

Don’t forget: He was on track to make Staff Sergeant, E-6 this month.


9 posted on 06/11/2014 1:55:29 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How can someone who got bounced from Coast Guard in less than a month get into the Army?


10 posted on 06/11/2014 1:56:03 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Either he fell through the cracks or they were desperate for bodies, or both. I once drove a guy to the MEPS to get sworn-in who’d finally passed the ASVAB with the minimal score after repeated tries.


11 posted on 06/11/2014 1:59:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Meh. Uncharacteristic or general discharge could be for something mundane as "we lost his enlistment paperwork" or "he didn't get a Hep A shot in time", or "he didn't get to basic in time". Most of these discharges are administrative. We saw them all the time in our Infantry BDE for incoming soldiers prior to being MOSQ'd.

Officers whom did not get his college degree finished in time got those. Bumped from 0-2 down to E-6.

12 posted on 06/11/2014 2:00:39 PM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!! (Keeper of the Sick Individuals pinglist))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe they mismeasured him and he was only 5’11 1/2” tall?


13 posted on 06/11/2014 2:01:35 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparisons)
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To: DCBryan1

Or O-4 to E-7. I’ve seen it. One O-3 stupidly mentioned 3 codewords out in the open. Next day I outranked him.


14 posted on 06/11/2014 2:05:20 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bergdahl writes like a reporter for The New York Times.


15 posted on 06/11/2014 2:06:12 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
That diary sounds a little fishy...much too poetic.

I'm going to see if I can find it coming from a book or something.

16 posted on 06/11/2014 2:08:14 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gay?


17 posted on 06/11/2014 2:10:42 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Keeper


18 posted on 06/11/2014 2:13:14 PM PDT by digger48
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

http://themilitarywallet.com/types-of-military-discharges/


19 posted on 06/11/2014 2:14:10 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

26 Days.Sounds like he flunked out of boot camp
What a frigen looser


20 posted on 06/11/2014 2:16:38 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: CGASMIA68

I agree, at 26 days he was still at Cape May, NJ.


21 posted on 06/11/2014 2:19:06 PM PDT by Slicksadick (We accept the love we think we deserve.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ask his fellow Soldiers about his overall behavior. They were there.


22 posted on 06/11/2014 2:27:03 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Never in 26 years of Army service have I seen an officer demoted to an enlisted rank= a commission to and enlistment? Hmm. Some one ad better quote some regs to this former enlisted SSG retired FG officer.

Officers are offered discharge in lieu of CM if minor, never “demoted” to a lessor rank/grade and certainly not to an involuntary enlisted contract....

Either CM or go home (admin separation for cause)...

I am from MO, show me!


23 posted on 06/11/2014 2:27:15 PM PDT by Manly Warrior (US ARMY (Ret), "No Free Lunches for the Dogs of War")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
curiouser and curiouser! ...
24 posted on 06/11/2014 2:29:48 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: txrefugee; All

And .. since Bergdahl still has not spoken to his parents .. what do people think might happen if he’s turned loose and he returns home ..??

I’m really concerned he’ll turn on his parents.


25 posted on 06/11/2014 2:29:56 PM PDT by CyberAnt (True the Vote: MY AMERICA, "... I'm terrified it's slipping away.")
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To: Manly Warrior

I don’t know the reg. ‘cause I’m M.I. not admin., but I saw it with my own two eyes three times. Two, I heard, were some kind of RIFs, the other, as I described, was for a major security breach.


26 posted on 06/11/2014 2:31:40 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: smokingfrog

What’ll we know bout this guy and his dad a month from now?


27 posted on 06/11/2014 2:32:57 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It looks like they’re going to keep him under wraps for a while. Since he’s not talking to the parents, I’m thinking maybe he didn’t want to be freed.


28 posted on 06/11/2014 2:40:00 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So why is this coming out??? What story are they trying to spin???


29 posted on 06/11/2014 2:43:20 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Nifster

It’s the Army’s fault, not poor little Bowe Bergdahl’s.


30 posted on 06/11/2014 2:49:29 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: smokingfrog
I think mommy and daddy and son are all muzzies...and phoney as a 3 dollar bill.

I look at the shack they live in and think of the Unabomber.

31 posted on 06/11/2014 2:50:33 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
That's what I'm seeing, too. So he should get a promotion and back pay, free Obamacare for life, $100,000 for mom and dad for being so patient....a trip to Disneyland....and a gift certificate to Cosco.

Oh and a free trip to the Washington zoo.

32 posted on 06/11/2014 2:55:18 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You are most likely correct.... more’s the shame


33 posted on 06/11/2014 2:55:59 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Liberal, ballet gay AND crazy…?!

Wow.


34 posted on 06/11/2014 3:05:04 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Sacajaweau

They live in a shack?


35 posted on 06/11/2014 3:12:12 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

It’s a Getty Image so I don’t want to even post the link. But if you google Berghdahl Homestead, you should be able to find it.


36 posted on 06/11/2014 3:29:42 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Either he fell through the cracks or they were desperate for bodies, or both.

(((
Another possibility: Someone wanted in theater a nutcase that they could use as a liaison with Obama’s terrorist buddies.


37 posted on 06/11/2014 3:36:43 PM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: CyberAnt

I’m really concerned he’ll turn on his parents.

***
Be a real shame....


38 posted on 06/11/2014 3:38:30 PM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: smokingfrog

I’m thinking maybe he didn’t want to be freed.

&&&
That’s what I thought when I saw him wiping away tears in the release video.


39 posted on 06/11/2014 3:39:44 PM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: txrefugee

Army recruiters can be quite creative in getting anomolies like this brushed aside.


40 posted on 06/11/2014 3:41:52 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: smokingfrog

“It looks like they’re going to keep him under wraps for a while”

The imposter probably got burned on this deal like all the rest. Bad guys sold him a dud or nothing at all.
This is ranking up there with the bin laden story in terms of validity.


41 posted on 06/11/2014 4:29:48 PM PDT by RS_Rider (I hate Illinois Nazis)
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To: Manly Warrior; 2ndDivisionVet

If they break their contract, they are done for. Involuntary demotion to E-6. We lost one 0-2 due to him ignoring the Army upon him finishing his degree. My PL seemed too smart, so I asked him why he was such a young E-7? His contract stipulated him being a MAJ “IF” he finished his JD and passed the bar. He didn’t. Now he’s an E-8 ready to retire. Contracts mean things.


42 posted on 06/11/2014 4:59:04 PM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!! (Keeper of the Sick Individuals pinglist))
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To: DCBryan1

I was poofed to Specialist 6 by a general officer, so it works both ways.


43 posted on 06/11/2014 5:02:06 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Sacajaweau

Idyllic: This is the beautiful homestead of Bob and Jani Bergdahl in Hailey, Idaho. The Bergdahls hope Bowe will return here to a hero’s welcome

- See more at: http://www.njnewsday.com/national/28734-bearded-pashto-speaking-father-of-bowe-bergdahl-under-fire-after-tweeting-at-taliban-spokesman-that-god-will-repay-the-death-of-every-afghan-child.html#sthash.v8penj58.dpuf


44 posted on 06/11/2014 5:02:23 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

That’s sort of what the Clintons had to live in after 2000/sarc


45 posted on 06/11/2014 5:04:03 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: smokingfrog

“Beautiful?” That’s a shack!


46 posted on 06/11/2014 5:06:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: CGASMIA68

Correct. “Entry Level Separation.” Those serving under 180 days receive an Administrative Separation with “Uncharacterized Service.” At least that is what Marine Recruits got. Basically, the contract is “null and void” as to prevent any claim of disability later.

We had a lot of “Bi-polar; Borderline Personality Traits and, in the early days of DADT, ALOT of recruits “refusing to train” because of their alleged sexual proclivities.


47 posted on 06/11/2014 5:14:15 PM PDT by Joe Marine 76 ("Honor is the gift a man gives to himself." ~ Rob Roy MacGregor)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“Beautiful?” That’s a shack!

Location! Location! Location!

49 posted on 06/12/2014 2:21:16 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: DCBryan1

Must be so for other than basic branches. WP and ROTC cadets- yeah, if they don’t commission after 4 yr of scholarship/subsidy, they can be enlisted.

Best


50 posted on 06/12/2014 5:21:51 AM PDT by Manly Warrior (US ARMY (Ret), "No Free Lunches for the Dogs of War")
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