Bowe Bergdahl’s Future

May 09, 2015



Disclaimer: This list is NOT all inclusive. US Special Operations have dozens of firearms at their disposal. This list is just a sampling and is arranged in NO particular order.

     FN SCAR

The Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR) is a modular rifle made by FN Herstal (FNH) for the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to satisfy the requirements of the SCAR competition. This family of rifles consist of two main types. The SCAR-L, for "light", is chambered in the 5.56×45mm NATO cartridge and the SCAR-H, for "heavy", fires 7.62×51mm NATO. Both are available in Long Barrel and Close Quarters Combat variants.

10 Guns of the Special Forces

10 Guns of the Special Forces

10 Guns of the Special Forces

Pictured Above: FN MK 20 MOD 0 Sniper Support Rifle (SSR)
Cartridge
  • 5.56×45mm NATO(SCAR-L)
  • 7.62×51mm NATO(SCAR-H)
Action Gas-operated (short-stroke gas piston), rotating bolt
Rate of fire 625 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity
  • SCAR-L: 2,870 ft/s (870 m/s) (M855)
  • SCAR-L: 2,630 ft/s (800 m/s) (Mk 262)
  • SCAR-H: 2,342 ft/s (714 m/s) (M80)
Effective firing range
  • SCAR-L: 300 m (330 yd) (Short), 500 m (550 yd) (Standard), 600 m (660 yd) (Long)
  • SCAR-H: 300 m (330 yd) (Short), 600 m (660 yd) (Standard), 800 m (870 yd) (Long)
Feed system
  • SCAR-L: STANAG box magazine
  • SCAR-H/SSR: 20-round box magazine
Sights Iron sights or various optics

FULL FN SCAR SPECS HERE

 

  Words by Mike Weisbecker.

Well we finally have some movement on Bergdahl’s situation.


So what does this mean? 
Nine months after his release from Taliban custody for five mid to high level Taliban leaders, the Army presented his legal team a charge sheet.  Desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.  He will now face an Article 32 hearing.  This is similar to a civilian Grand Jury.

Well a military judge will review the charges and take testimony to determine if there is enough evidence to move forward to a court-martial, determine which type of court-martial to convene, dismiss the charges, or determine what other actions are deemed appropriate by the evidence presented.

 

Some in the realm of the social media sphere believe that he should face a death penalty.

None of the investigation by the Army has been made public but the fact that they are going ahead with proffering charges against Bergdahl tells me that they have enough evidence to prosecute. 

Some in the realm of the social media sphere believe that he should face a death penalty.  This option is off the table.  The last service member executed for desertion during wartime was Pvt. Eddie Slovik near the end of the Second World War. 


Many who believe he is guilty think we should just speed up to the punishment phase.  I disagree.  While I don’t agree with how we got him back in our custody, it was important that we did so to get his side of why he just seemed to walk out of that forward operating base on 30 June 2009.  The Uniform Code of Military Justice is there for a reason.  Up until a court-martial renders its verdict, he is just the accused.  Let the system do what it is supposed to do.  If it was your ass being accused of something that warranted a court-martial, that’s what you’d want.
The maximum penalties on the table are up to five years for the desertion charge and up to life for the misbehavior charge. 

One immediately telling result from the Article 32 hearing will be if they proceed with a special court-martial.  If this happens, the most that can happen is up to twelve months confinement, forfeiture of 2/3rds of his pay per month up to twelve months, and/or a bad conduct discharge.  Only a general court-martial can throw the whole enchilada at him.

No matter what happens, he will have to live with the repercussions of his actions for the rest of his life.