Desertion And Absent Without Official Leave

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Desertion is a very strong offense in the military and receives the highest of punishment which is equivalent to espionage. Sergeant Bergdahl is possibly guilty of desertion due to his actions. The rescue of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has been all over the news as of recent. It has been a very hot topic of discussion. There is so much chatter of him breaking laws of the uniform code of military justice (UCMJ) pertaining to desertion and absent without official leave (AWOL) due to his disappearance from his Afghanistan American forward operating base five years ago. Investigations are currently being done internally by the United States government to try and clarify if he is innocent of either crime. The facts will come out eventually and it will allow us to draw our own final conclusion or opinion. What exactly is desertion according to the general public and military? The general public sees desertion probably from a general definition from the online Merriam Webster dictionary. Merriam Webster dictionary states the definition as follows, “The abandonment without consent or legal justification of a person, post, or relationship and the associated duties and obligations” (Encyclopedia Britannica, Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary). According to the UCMJ Article 85, desertion is “Without authority, goes or remains absent from his unit, organization, or place of duty with intent to remain away therefrom permanently” (Air War College, USAF). If Sergeant Bergdahl is found innocent

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