'Serial': Bergdahl Explains Why He Walked Off His Base In Episode Six

Feb 4, 2016

Credit Dept. of Defense

The latest episode of Serial, the This American Life podcast covering Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in its second season, explored the reasons the Idaho soldier said he walked off base in 2009.

Bergdahl told filmmaker Mark Boal that he wrote upwards of 380 pages for a report for Maj. Kenneth Dahl, who investigated the case, about his motivations for leaving his base in Afghanistan. 

Most of his complaints had to do with the discourse between command and the platoon. He also expressed frustration with the mundanity of the operation. 

"I wanted to be a soldier. I wanted to be a security contractor afterwards, you know? I wanted people to take me serious," Bergdahl said. "You know, I wanted to go into special forces."

Read the entire story from the Idaho Statesman here.


Listen along with us! 

We're following along with season 2 of Serial as it revisits the case of Army Sgt.  and Idaho native, Bowe Bergdahl.

Each Wednesday, reporters with Boise State Public Radio and the Idaho Statesman will host a companion podcast, "Speaking of Serial," discussing Bergdahl's case, Serial's reporting and what happens when an Idahoan becomes the center of international news.

You'll find the latest episode here.