I just went AWOL in the army because I don’t want to go on deployment. How can I not get caught?

Mudassir Ali
Jan 19, 2020 05:18 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Jan 19, 2020 05:18 PM

The Army is going to conduct a cursory search for you by contacting you next of kin, like calling your mother or father. That’s about it.

After about 30 days, you will be dropped from rolls, declared a deserter and you name will hit a registry with law enforcement. Get pulled over for some traffic violation, picked up by the cops for some petty offense like shoplifting, get into a traffic accident where the police have to arrive, and a check of your name will determine your status as a deserter.

You will be arrested and returned to military control. For the Army, that is Fort Knox’s Deserter Information Point. Depending on how long you were gone and what offense you committed that got you noticed by police could determine what the Army does with you.

It could be anything from a court-martial to an administrative separation. Jail time or just a substandard separation characterization, like Other than honorable separation.

Now, how to not get caught. Don’t do anything that will cause law enforcement to run your name. Avoid interaction with government agencies like the DMV and TSA where your identity must be validated.

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