The recent release of Craig Bergdahl has me wondering about the status of prisoners of war from a strictly economic standpoint. When a soldier is POW, he is clearly not in a position to be able to change his "employment" but is he also left without money during that time? Put another way, does a soldier who is captured accrue pay?
That said, if the allegations hold true that Sgt. Bergdahl did in fact desert, would this affect his compensation?
While I am most interested in the specifics of the United States, I'd like to know if there is general international consensus on what happens with the finances of POWs.