Rank has its privileges.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl entered a courtroom in Fort Bragg, North Carolina on 16 October 2017 to plead guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy for leaving his post in Afghanistan eight years ago on 30 June 2009 when he was a 23-year-old Private First Class.

Today, General John Nicholson commands all coalition forces in Afghanistan from his command office in Kabul, Afghanistan as a 60-year-old four-star general. 10 years ago, as a 50-year-old colonel, he publicly condemned the first Marine Special Operations Company of, “killing and wounding innocent Afghan civilians” when he did not have any evidence to support his statements.

These two U.S. Army soldiers are a world apart not only from their ranks and geography but because of privilege. Today Sgt. Bergdahl voluntarily plead guilty to desertion and misbehaving before the enemy. The latter who was twice the age of Private First Class Bergdahl at the time of his conduct and who had served over eight times as long at the time of his conduct has never admitted to any misbehavior.