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What happens when someone goes Awol from the Army?

My sister Fiance is in the Army and has been for years now. He is in his 40's and should know what to expect by now what the Army is like and how they do things. He is in training right now and leaves for Iraq in Feb. He calls my sister out of the blue today and said he is tired of them calling him a piece of Sh*t everyday and being bossed around and wants to come home. He tells her to drive to the Army base in Mississippi (we live in Tn) to come get him and he is leaving.What kind of trouble would he be in if he did leave?What kind of trouble would my sister face for going to get him and knowing of it? I told her to tell him she did not make him join the Army years ago and its not her place to come and get him,that she should not feel obligated to do so, They have only been together for almost a year now and she is 22 years old and he is way older then her. He should not put her in this situation.. I dont know... help lol(:

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Asked by Anonymous at 5:59 PM on Jan. 3, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • You go to jail. My best friends EX(thankgod)husband went AWOL and while they didnt waste t he man hrs chasing him down the next time he went and renewed his DL they didnt let him leave the building and they extradited his butt back up to TN. He was in jail 3 months before they even tried him, THEN he was released with dishonorable discharge and probation. Not sure if she can get in trouble for getting him :( It looks REAL bad on a job app to have that too. Is he just in BOOT camp? I didnt think they yelled at you (unless you were REALLY stupid) after you got out of boot camp. My DH was an Army reservist and he said boot camp wasnt that bad. This guy sounds like bad news tho.......


    Answer by momof030404 at 6:07 PM on Jan. 3, 2010

  • Depends on how long he is gone. If he's declared a deserter after so many days, he'll get jail time and a BCD or a Dishonorable discharge. Nothing would happen to her though. He can't run from the army too long. They'll find him, especially if he leave a paper trail with credit card transactions, ATM transactions, etc. He can get pulled over and then when they run his license he'll be caught. Yeah, he sounds like trouble. You sister will get a huge wake up call..

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:10 PM on Jan. 3, 2010

  • Well there is a difference between AWOL and Desertion are different. AWOL is Absent with out leave and Disertion is intent to remain away from the military permanently.

    Article 86 - Absent Without Leave.

    (8) If the member goes AWOL with the intent to avoid field exercises or maneuvers: Bad-conduct discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, reduction to the lowest enlisted grade, and confinement for 6 months.

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 6:56 PM on Jan. 3, 2010

  • Article 85 - Desertion.

    (1) If a member deserted, but voluntarily returned to military control: Dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, reduction to the lowest enlisted grade, and confinement for 2 years.

    (3) If the member deserted with the intent to avoid hazardous duty or to shirk important service (and example of this would be a member ordered to deploy to Iraq and then deserts to avoid the deployment): Dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, reduction to the lowest enlisted grade, and confinement for 5 years.

    (4) If the member deserts during time of war: Death or such other punishment (such as life in prison) as a court-martial may direct.

    I want to stress the last one.

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 6:57 PM on Jan. 3, 2010

  • One of my husband's soldeirs went AWOL after getting a DUI. The Army waited until the soldier came back on post to get a few things (about 5 days later) and then the gate guards sent for MP's to arrest the soldier. He got demoted, extra hours, loss of pay, and desk duty for a year. Not a good choice.

    As another mentioned - they won't hunt him down just yet. But they can issue a warrant for his arrest.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:05 PM on Jan. 3, 2010

  • if he has been in the army for yrs as you say, and is getting yelled at, he probably isnt a great soldier, that has been my experience any way...i would tell your sister to stay far away...

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:21 PM on Jan. 3, 2010

  • Your sister needs to drop this dishonorable jerk. If he wants to dump the Army when the going gets tough what is he going to do with his marriage? I am sure your sister is a nice girl and she deserves someone worthy of her....he isn't it.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 7:53 PM on Jan. 3, 2010

  • Could simply end in a dishonorable discharge. Could be a court martial and imprisonment at Ft. Levenworth. Either way, he will lose ALL government benefits. No pension, no VA health care/loans, no GI Bill benefits, etc. Plus, it looks really bad on civilian job aps when you say that you were dishonorably discharged.

    Answer by eema.gray at 9:01 PM on Jan. 3, 2010

  • You need to let her know that he could be ruining his life if he does this. He will not be able to get a decent job or loans or anything. IF he is having a really had time then he can speak to the base chaplin to get help. Tell her to encourage him to stick it out because it does mean prison time. Which would he rather do, stick it out till his enlistment is up OR go to prison and have hardly no life afterwards. SHE could even get into trouble if she picks him up.

    Answer by pnwmom at 10:58 PM on Jan. 3, 2010

  • What the hell to people expect when they join the military....a Mary Kay party. Of course he will get yelled at if he screws up. We all got yelled at sometimes. Damn he needs to grow a pair

    Answer by pnwmom at 10:59 PM on Jan. 3, 2010

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