Bowe Bergdahl Moved To Outpatient Care In Texas

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Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been moved to outpatient care at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.

He is not free to roam around and talk to whomever he wants, however. A Pentagon spokesperson told CBS News correspondent David Martin "he remains under direct supervision at all times."

In a statement, the Army described the move as the next step in Bergdahl's "continued reintegration and medical care," as he recovers from nearly five years of captivity at the hands of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

"His reintegration process continues with exposure to more people and a gradual increase of social interactions," the Army said in its statement. "Debriefings and counseling from Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) psychologists continue to ensure he progresses to the point where he can return to duty."

It is still not clear whether or not he has been allowed to see his family.

Two weeks ago, Army officials said Bergdahl "looked good."

Col. Bradley Poppen, an Army psychologist, said during a news conference that a soldier typically determines when to reunite with his or her family. Poppen declined to release further details, citing the family's request for privacy.

Maj. Gen. Joseph P. DiSalvo said Bergdahl was in stable condition, "looked good" and showed "good comportment" after being transported to Texas from an Army medical facility in Germany.

"The reintegration of Sgt. Bergdahl is comprehensive. There is no set timeline," said DiSalvo, who will be in charge of that process.

Bergdahl's medical staff rehearsed for Bergdahl's arrival every six months since he was taken hostage, CBS News correspondent Manuel Bojorquez reported.

The final phase for Bergdahl's reintegration at Brooke will focus on giving him a sense of control over his life. Simple things - like deciding what he will eat, wear, and when he can go outside or sleep. He will also slowly be reintroduced to his family.

In a statement two weeks ago, the Army said that after Bergdahl's reintegration it would "continue its comprehensive review into the circumstances of his disappearance and captivity."

The answers to the questions surrounding his capture and release will be key to whether Bergdahl will receive more than $300,000 in back pay owed to him since he disappeared. If he was determined to have been a prisoner of war, he also could receive roughly another $300,000 or more, if recommended and approved by Army leaders.

Before his departure from Germany on Thursday, officials in Washington said Bergdahl would not receive the automatic Army promotion that would have taken effect this month if he were still in captivity. Now that he is back in U.S. military control, any promotions would depend on his performance and achievement of certain training and education milestones.

Posted by: Lindsay Sax