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Immediately following graduation from basic training, we received our new orders as well as a promotion to E-2. That is still a private, but it was my first stripe and meant a few more dollars in the monthly paycheck……….

I had enough of the BS, so at the end of October, I went home on a weekend pass and decided not to return. I went AWOL, (an acronym for “absent without official leave.”)…………

From: The Manual for Courts-Martial (MCM), United States (2012 Edition)

10. Article 86—Absence without leave

e. Maximum punishment.

(b) For more than 3 days but not more than 30 days. Confinement for 6 months and forfeiture of two-thirds pay per month for 6 months.

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