What is desertion?

  • (noun): Withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility.
    Synonyms: abandonment, defection
    See also — Additional definitions below


In military terminology, desertion is the abandonment of a "duty" or post without permission and is done with the intention of not returning. "Absence Without Leave" (AWOL) can refer to either desertion or a temporary absence.

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Eddie Slovik - Desertion
... run away if he were assigned to a rifle unit, and asked his captain if that would constitute desertion ... Slovik, 36896415, confess to the desertion of the United States Army ... At the time of my desertion we were in Albuff in France ...
Mexican–American War - Conduct of The War - Desertion
... Desertion was a major problem for the Mexican army, depleting forces on the eve of battle ... The desertion rate in the U.S ...
List Of People Executed In New Zealand - List of Executed Persons - Military Executions
... # Name Executed Details 1 Frank Hughes 25 Aug 1916 Convicted of desertion. 2 John Sweeney 2 Oct 1916 Convicted of desertion. 4 John King 19 Aug 1917 Convicted of desertion ...
List Of New Zealand Soldiers Executed During World War I
... Hughes 28 2nd Bn, Canterbury Regt 25 Aug 1916 Desertion Poor military/disciplinary record ... Deserted en route to the front John Sweeney 37 1st Bn, Otago Regt 2 Oct 1916 Desertion An Australian of Tasmanian origin ... King 32 1st Bn, Canterbury Regt 19 Aug 1917 Desertion Long record of going absent, deserting and illness perhaps alcoholic ...
Legal Status of Desertion in Cases of War Crime
... This opens the possibility of desertion as a response to cases in which the soldier is required to perform crimes against humanity as part of his mandatory military duty ...

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