United States v. SFC H.
Article 86, Absent Without Leave
SFC H. completed over 20 years of service and turned in his retirement paperwork. The paperwork was not processed correctly and the Army kept SFC H. on active duty. Suffering from PTSD, SFC H. did not report for duty once he learned of the mistake and was absent for over a year.
Result: After pleading guilty to AWOL, the military judge did not impose a rank reduction or punitive discharge. SFC H. retired honorably as an E-7.