When a military service member fails to report for duty, he or she can face serious charges. The following three offenses are associated with a failure to report for duty:
- Absence without leave (AWOL);
- Desertion; and
- Missing movement.
Below is an overview of the acts that constitute these offenses and their associated penalties.
An armed service member is considered AWOL if he or she fails to go to an assigned location, leaves that location, or is otherwise absent from his or her unit or appointed
Desertion is the failure to report for duty for a specified period of time. Desertion typically requires proof of intent that a service member intended to leave his or her unit permanently, but any service member who leaves his or her post for 30 days is automatically considered to have deserted. In addition to actual desertion, attempted desertion is also a military crime. Attempted desertion requires proof that a service member’s desertion attempt went beyond mere preparation. Possible penalties for desertion include dishonorable discharge, pay
The intentional or neglectful absence from one’s aircraft, ship, or unit can result in a missing movement charge. Any service member who is convicted of a missing movement charge faces possible dishonorable discharge, pay
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As noted above, the punishments and penalties for failing to report for duty can be harsh. Therefore, if you are currently facing any of the above charges, it’s important to seek experienced legal counsel as soon as possible. Our attorneys have years of experience defending service members facing a wide array of serious allegations. Combining years of trial experience on high profile cases, our experienced attorneys offer our military clients top-tier representation. Whether you are stationed in the United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Germany, Italy, Korea, Japan or elsewhere, our experienced Denver attorneys are ready and willing to