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    Absence without Leave or Unauthorized Absence

    What Does it mean to be AWOL?

    Under the Uniform Code of Military Justice any member of the armed forces
    who, without authority -
    (1) fails to go to his appointed place of duty at the time
    (2) goes from that place; or
    (3) absents himself or remains absent from his unit,
    organization, or place of duty at which he is required to be at
    the time prescribed; shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.

    If you or a family member is charged with being absent without leave and
    facing  court-martial it is important that you seek the legal counsel of a lawyer
    familiar with defending service members under UCMJ.  Please contact an
    experienced military attorney in your area.