Bergdahl’s Health Improving, Not Ready to Speak to Family

Photo by U.S. Army via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, released in exchange for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay last weekend, has told medical officials that he spent time in captivity locked in a metal cage in the dark.

Bergdahl has said that he was kept in the cage after an attempt to escape. While Bergdahl appears to be physically able to travel, officials do not believe he is yet prepared for talking with his parents or family.

One senior defense official tolld ABC that Bergdahl's condition shouldn't be particularly surprising, considering the brutal conditions he was in and the abuse and beatings he suffered.

Bergdahl also reportedly told officials that he does not like being called Sergeant because he doesn't feel the title is earned -- he climbed to the rank as part of automatic promotions while in captivity.

While at Landstuhl Medical Center, Bergdahl has been speaking with staff and going for walks.

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