More than 15,000 soldiers have deserted the Army since 2003, and most are thought to be living in the United States, keeping a low profile and trying to avoid a traffic ticket or anything else that would alert authorities to their presence. Army spokesmen stress that just 1 percent of all soldiers desert and that the problem is not large enough to warrant pursuing them for prosecution. Still, desertion rates have nearly doubled, rising from 2,610 in 2003 to 4,698 in 2007, and military records show a crackdown on deserters since the war in Iraq began. In 2001 and 2007, for instance, roughly 4,500 soldiers deserted each year. But while in 2001 only 29 deserters were prosecuted, in 2007 that figure was 108.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
We've previously discussed the phenomenon of Canada deporting U.S. servicemembers who deserted and tried to remain in Canada. (See here, here, here, and here.) On NIMJ's web site, we noticed this interesting article from the Broward-Palm Beach New Times on the deserter issue. The article includes some particularly interest statistics. Note this passage:
Posted by Dwight Sullivan at 11:50 PM