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Bergdahl placed on active duty completing reintegration

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Bergdahl placed on active duty completing reintegration

By Jake Melder. CREATED Jul 14, 2014

Less than two months after his release from Taliban control, Idaho native Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back on active duty.

An Army spokesman told On Your Side that Bergdahl has completed his reintegration process and is considered a regular soldier at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston in Texas. According to a spokesman for the Fifth Army, stationed at the base, Bergdahl is working in administration and does "soldierly duties," which includes maintaining equipment.

He is treated like a normal soldier on base and is unrestricted. A military defense lawyer says this is typical procedure.

"The vast majority of criminals accused in the military are on active duty,” said Brian Bouffard, who represents military personel facing courts-martial. “They're serving out their commitments, they're doing their jobs."

Bergdahl is free to go off base and can speak to the media, though he has declined all requests so far. The investigation into his disappearance back in 2009 is still underway.

"There is in all probability a court martial looming ahead of him with the option of simply walking away with a less than honorable discharge,” said Maj. Gen. Robert Scales. “At this late stage of the game, Bergdahl's best move is simply to walk away."

Fox News contributor Ric Grenell stays in close contact with six men who served with Bergdahl in Afghanistan. He says the Army investigators have yet to question any of them about Bergdahl.

"To not interview the very people that were there seems crazy,” said Grenell. “The only explanation would be that the military absolutely understands that he did desert and the evidence is overwhelming."

Investigators have not spoken with Bergdahl himself either. An Army spokesman was unable to say when that discussion would happen.

The investigative team is being led by Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl. They hope to wrap up their investigation by August.

On Your Side has reached out to Bergdahl's parents to see if they have communicated with their son. They have not responded to our questions.