absent without leave


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*absent without leave

absent from a military unit without permission; absent from anything without permission. (AWOL is an abbreviation. This is a serious offense in the military. *Typically: be ~; go ~.) The soldier was taken away by the military police because he was absent without leave.
See also: absent, leave, without

absent without leave

Away without permission or explanation, as in Her daughter went to the mall but got in trouble for being absent without leave. The term and its acronym, AWOL, originated in the American military during World War I for soldiers absent from duty without permission (leave). It later was transferred to civilian situations, as in John didn't just cut his Tuesday classes; he went AWOL.
See also: absent, leave, without
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A soldier who went absent without leave rather than serve a second tour in Afghanistan has been jailed for nine months.
Private Andre Treble, left, and Andrew Jones, both 22, who went absent without leave from Buckley Barracks, Wiltshire PICTURE: Wales News Service
Swift, 22, a former Eugene resident, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to being absent without leave and missing movement in a summary court martial at Fort Lewis, Wash.
Central Command cannot win the war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan, nor can the other Combatant Commands contain extremist violent Muslims, unless they receive total, sustained support from the other Cabinet departments, all of which are Absent Without Leave (AWOL).
After he failed to show up for work Monday morning Smith was listed as AWOL, or absent without leave, base spokesman Chris Ball said.
They are absent without leave from the Lord Jesus Christ in the battle for the soul of our nation.
This process is something that affects everyone, not just Airmen who make poor choices or who go absent without leave.
Mejia, a former staff sergeant, served six months in Iraq and then was absent without leave for five months.
For one thing, the commander loses disciplinary control over contract employees; the penalty for breach of contract differs greatly from that for being absent without leave.
According to the commanding office, troubles involving its crew members continued as some were involved in crimes such as robbery while others went absent without leave.
The reader of Absent without Leave is led to reasseas his or her own position, changing it or strengthening it.
Noting that the President had submitted no proposal and had refused to agree to a bipartisan effort to avert insolvency, the two leaders charged Clinton with being "AWOL," absent without leave.
Ms Chapman said in her statement that she had become concerned about him after his sister had told her he was absent without leave.
The PTI MNAs were absent without leave in the assembly sittings for forty consecutive days.
We shall miss Hansen's scolding of centre-backs pulled out of position, full-backs going absent without leave and zonal marking when he flies home to spend more time with his golf clubs.