Bowe Bergdahl was former Coast Guard recruit

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Bowe Bergdahl in his official Army photograph Bowe Bergdahl in his official Army photograph

CAPE MAY – Bowe Bergdahl spent less than a month in the U.S. Coast Guard, but his time was spent at the training center in Cape May. 

Bergdahl joined the U.S. Coast Guard before enlisting in the Army and being held by the Taliban in Afghanistan. 


Chief Warrant Officer Barry Lane at the U.S. Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C., confirmed that Bergdahl had entered the Coast Guard as an enlisted recruit in 2006. Like all enlisted recruits, Bergdahl would have been sent to U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, which is the only recruit training facility, or boot camp, in the United States. 

Lane said his office, in conjunction with the U.S. Army, was handling questions regarding Bergdahl. He confirmed that Bergdahl had served 26 days in 2006, and was released from duty with an uncharacterized discharge.

Lane said if any member is discharged with less than 180 days of active duty they are given an uncharacterized discharge.  

Bergdahl joined the Army in 2008, and on June 30, 2009, he disappeared from his post in Afghanistan, later to be released in a prisoner exchange on May 31. The exchange has been a matter of controversy.


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