Is knowing someone as "AWOL" same as knowing someone has a "fugitive" ?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Los Angeles, CA

If she knew that a guy was an awol(absent without leave), does it mean she is automatically supposed to know he had a warrant and will be a fugitive status after certain day just because he simply doesn't show up to work that he is supposed to??

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But what if his status changed over time as awol to deserter(dropped from roll)??? (but she didn't know and only believed he was an awol)
does it make him a fugitive at some point? but she didn't know any of those other than awol?

So she can't be punished for "harboring a fugitive"? because he was not a fugitive but a deserter?
(he is no more a deserter he turned himself in like 40 days after he first attemped awol)

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  1. Robert Laurens Driessen

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    Answered . If someone is AWOL that means they are in the military and for some reason have chosen not to report in. It is a bit different from a fugitive. Since you are not in the military you are not subject to the UCMJ but the person that is AWOL is. In non military lines of work if you do not show up you get fired in the military it is violation of the law.
    Robert Driessen

    Mr. Driessen is a former Deputy DA in Orange County with over 8 years of criminal law experience. Nothing stated... more
  2. Philip Douglas Cave


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    Answered . When someone goes AWOL the person and their next of kin are sent a letter after 10 days, it is called the "Ten Day Letter." That says the person is AWOL, will be classified as a deserter, and that the person should be encouraged to return voluntarily. It does not advise that under federal law aiding a deserter is a federal crime.
    After 30 days a DD Form 553 (Deserter arrest warrant) is issued and sent to the NCIC database so that law enforcement has access to that information. Most often a deserter is caught in a traffic stop for speeding. Another letter is sent to the next of kin that the person is a deserter.
    The letters are not usually sent by mail that can be tracked.
    Also, it is customary for some units to call the next of kin.
    Next of kin are those persons listed on the DD Form 93 which is the persons official listing of the persons to be contacted in an emergency. They are required to keep this up to date, but that doesn't always happen.
    Use of the word "fugitive" is inaccurate and meaningless for this question.;; 703-298-9562, 800-401-1583. Answering your... more

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