Desertion Of The Military And Soldiers Who Commit This Crime

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Sergeant Bergdahl, Desertion By Marco Padilla Professor Lial SWRK 191 Section 2 18 October 2016 Desertion is one of the many serious offenses in the military and soldiers who commit this crime will receive the highest form of punishment. Sergeant Berghdal is guilty of desertion due to his actions of leaving his platoon, being captured and tortured by the Taliban for 5 years, and having other American soldiers lose their lives trying to rescue him. The rescue of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was all over the news as people were very frustrated and angry at him for his crime. In an article from Richard Oppel Jr. from the NY Times, on December 14, 2015, stated that “A top Army commander on Monday ordered that Sgt. Bowe Berghdal face a court-martial on charges of desertion and endangering troops stemming from his decision to leave his outpost in 2009” (nytimes). Berghdal’s crime of breaking the laws of the uniform code of military justice (UCMJ) from pertaining to desertion and absent without official leave (AWOL) due to his disappearance from his operating base in Afghanistan. The Sgt. may have already been punished severely from the Taliban but he did commit a serious crime in the United States and he must due the time. What is desertion? From it states desertion as “an act of leaving military service or duty without the intention of returning.” ( ). In the UCMJ Article 85, desertion is “Without authority, goes or remains absent

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