Bergdahl was subsequently captured by the Taliban, who held him in captivity for five years. After several unsuccessful search and rescue attempts, which resulted in several more dead, then-President Barack Obama approved a prisoner exchange that released five Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay.
Many were shocked when, despite his guilty plea and the charges against him, Bergdahl received no prison time. IJR reported:
Bergdahl's offenses carried the possibility of receiving a life sentence in prison, but the judge left him with a dishonorable discharge, according to CNN. The lead investigator in Bergdahl's case, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, reportedly said after interviewing Bergdahl that a prison sentence would be “inappropriate.”
Following the sentencing, President Trump — who has called Bergdahl a “traitor” on numerous occasions, had this to say:
The decision on Sergeant Bergdahl is a complete and total disgrace to our Country and to our Military.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017
That about covers it.