In the category of just plain bizarre, today the military purged thousands of high ranking military officials on the same day that they reinstated the accused Army Deserter Bowe Bergdahl.
As part of a Pentagon plan to reduce the number of U.S. Army soldiers from 520,000 to 450,000, thousands of high-ranking and active duty military personnel soldiers — many serving as commanding officers in Afghanistan — were given pink slips this week.
In a bizarre twist, one that displays the absolute lack of respect this government has for our military, it was announced today that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was recently returned from Taliban captivity after being accused of deserting the Army, will be returning to Active Duty.
In a statement, officials said Bergdahl had “completed the final phase of the reintegration process” and would “now return to regular duty” at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, the same base where he has been receiving medical treatment and counseling for the last six weeks.
From the L.A. Times: Bergdahl, who was promoted to sergeant during his time as a captive, will live in noncommissioned officer quarters and work with other soldiers “who are providing leadership and guidance,” according to Donald E. Manuszewski, a spokesman for U.S. Army North.
When off duty, Bergdahl will be free to leave the base unescorted and go where he wants, according to an Army official.
Military No Longer Ready to Face Modern Day Threats
Over the last year, the United States military has seen some of their top officials run out and their reediness lowered to levels not seen since before World War II. In a shocking admission that we covered late last year, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno revealed that the military has only two Army brigades that are actually combat-ready, and that the U.S. Army had to stop training for over six months last year because of budget cuts.
Commenting on the unusually large number of captains being forced into retirement, Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John Campbell said: “In other times, they’d probably continue to stay in the Army. But these are not normal times.”