Don't know if this has been beaten to death on previous posts as I am an Arrse JB, but here it goes: Hypothetically of course A bod is absent (AWOL) for just under 12 months, caught by civvie plod for a misdemeanour, returned to 'Depot' for disciplinary procedures. Lo and behold instead of the cnut getting a swift Courts Martial and 6 months in Colly followed by 'soldier on', it now looks like 'Summary Dealing' by the CO, discharge and off to the pub on Friday for celebratory beers!!!!! Is there no recommended procedure for absence any more? in times gone past it used to be (minor <28 days) pay back your time absent to HM the Q in nick, with an extra amount (same again) for being a cnut, (major >28 days) Courts Martial and go to jail with lights flashing and escorts. Over to you.