Accession Number : ADP003750

Title :   Desertion in the Volunteer Army: A Projection on in absentia Policy,

Corporate Author : ARMY ADMINISTRATION CENTER FORT BENJAMIN HARRISON IN

Personal Author(s) : Greenfield,G. R.

Report Date : NOV 1978

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : This study addressed the problems raised by the GAO report concerning possible excessive costs in apprehending, controlling and re-integrating deserters. Results indicated that present Army policy offers a viable deterrent to desertion and thus should be retained. Additionally, results indicated that given an in absentia policy, an increase in deserters, desertions and their apprehension costs would occur. Alternative Army proposals for dealing with deserters are in part meritorious and can further improve the Army's ability to conserve manpower in an all-volunteer force. Finally, there were indications that an in absentia policy would adversely affect troop morale.

Descriptors :   *Desertion, Army personnel, All volunteer, Army, Policies, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE