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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He said: "I heard there was a marshal that decided, for reasons unknown to me, to go absent without leave rather than them forgetting to assign one.
Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock, who took part in the adult race on Saturday, said: "I heard there was a marshal that decided to go absent without leave.
As such, it has been discovered that many of those who go absent without leave (AWOL) from Kandahar province simply re-enlist in ANA units stationed well away from the fighting.
TWO privates who claim repeated bullying in their barracks drove them to go absent without leave are being helped by the mother of a soldier who died after an Army punishment exercise.
TWO soldiers who claim repeated bullying in their barracks drove them to go absent without leave said yesterday they will return for an investigation, following talks with an Army welfare officer.
But Smith admits he is still in the dark as to why the player chose to go absent without leave ahead of such a crucial game.
Another, a 29-year-old woman member of staff, was arrested for assisting an offender to go absent without leave.
The last squaddie to go absent without leave was a 23-year-old who was given 40 days in prison last November.
This process is something that affects everyone, not just Airmen who make poor choices or who go absent without leave.
When servicemen and women go absent without leave it undermines the way the force operates and the court has a duty to uphold discipline for the operational effectiveness of the armed forces.
TWO soldiers who claim repeated bullying in their barracks has driven them to go absent without leave said last night they are "too intimidated" to return.
Charvis was hauled off by Hansen - one of a number of Welsh forwards to go absent without leave - while the Italians went to work inflicting a humiliating Six Nations opening day defeat on the men in red.
Some go absent without leave (Dawson, Hebe), while some go absent with leave (Dawson, Nelson, Hill).