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    I know someone that has gone awol from National Guard in NY. They were in the Army for more then 10 years, then went into the reserves. They have no intentions of going back and have been absent for over a year. Should this be reported? And if so, to whom should it be reported?

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    If they have been gone that long, then that person has been discharged.

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      Originally posted by RedLeg View Post
      If they have been gone that long, then that person has been discharged.
      Usually, yes.

      You would hope that a unit would be able to keep accountability of its personnel to realize someone has been gone for that long to start the paperwork on discharging that individual.

      I have seen otherwise.

      For example, an officer candidate who did not finish the OCS program was in a state of limbo. During this time period it was determined that he would not continue the program. He was believed to have been transferred to his home unit after 4-5 months.

      It turns out this officer candidate had never shown up to drill at ANY unit for almost 9 months.

      The RTI calls the home unit: "Hey, did you have so and so for the past couple of months."
      Home unit: "No we did not. In fact, he's not on our books."
      RTI: "Oh crap, he's on our books. He has not show up for the past 9 months."

      At that point, the JAG packet started.

      The point is that in the vast majority of cases you're right, and that's the way it should be. But if you take a combination of poor tracking of personnel with personnel movement/transfers to different units, it gets confusing. It's not inconceivable to have a person who has had that many continuous unexcused absences and still in the Guard.

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        It's unfortunate, insofar that handling the issue by simply communicating like an adult would have kept them from the negative consequence of a unsatisfactory participant discharge.

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        • #5
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          But to answer the OP's question, you should talk to your first line leader. Often times, there's a lot more to this kind of situation than is public knowledge. Unless you have direct authority over this Soldier, it's best you involve your Chain of Command ASAP.

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            Re: AWOL again

            Originally posted by roady1963 View Post
            I know someone that has gone awol from National Guard in NY. They were in the Army for more then 10 years, then went into the reserves. They have no intentions of going back and have been absent for over a year. Should this be reported? And if so, to whom should it be reported?
            Reality is no one is really going to care about a reservist skipping drills. That isn't considered AWOL. After 3 drills they most likely started a discharge for unsatisfactory particpation, and most likely they are already out by now.

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              Re: AWOL again

              Originally posted by roady1963 View Post
              I know someone that has gone awol from National Guard in NY. They were in the Army for more then 10 years, then went into the reserves. They have no intentions of going back and have been absent for over a year. Should this be reported? And if so, to whom should it be reported?
              Why you seem so bent on reporting your "friend"? Let it go.

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              • #8
                Re: AWOL again

                Originally posted by fmcityslicker View Post
                Why you seem so bent on reporting your "friend"? Let it go.
                There's always something more to it.....

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