AWOL 2 years

#1
Am in a bit of a mess but trying to put things right.

In 2008 I went AWOL. I was stupid to go AWOL but I was in a bit of bother at the time and was accused of thieving. I moved away and got on with life but always thinking of what if I got caught.

Anyway have a gf now and a kid on the way and decided that I need to sort all this out. I know I fucked up and know it’s best for me to go back. I haven’t been in contact for 2 years now.

Any advice on what exactly to do? Is there much chance of being able to soldier on even after this – would like to go back? What is likely to happen when I go back – what am I likely to get punishment wise?
 
#2
Colchester's really nice this time of year,
 
#3
It's good you have taken the time to think about your mistake, and want to put it right. My first move would be to avoid the police, as getting nicked now would definately put you in Colly, then probably out. Write to the CO of your last unit and ask im his advice, stating your reasons for desertion and how much you would like to take your punishment and soldier on. Advise him of your new found maturity in having a family.

This WILL NOT get you off a courts martial, but will stand in good stead when they sit. It 'may' get you off Colly, it 'may' not. But good luck.
 
#4
They'll probably discharge you over the phone mate, the army is full so they don't need you.
Phone the Guardroom if you know where your unit is, if not, pop into the local cop shop, they'll sort you out.
 
#5
Attend your nearest Mil establishment and hand yerself in. As Tropper says, have fun at Colly...

Shouldn't have done it in the first place you t1t, but some credit for wanting to sort it all out. Not much credit though.

Where is your nearest garrison?
 
#6
Spot_the_Dog said:
It's good you have taken the time to think about your mistake, and want to put it right. My first move would be to avoid the police, as getting nicked now would definately put you in Colly, then probably out. Write to the CO of your last unit and ask im his advice, stating your reasons for desertion and how much you would like to take your punishment and soldier on. Advise him of your new found maturity in having a family.

This WILL NOT get you off a courts martial, but will stand in good stead when they sit. It 'may' get you off Colly, it 'may' not. But good luck.
And FFS DON'T use your address, use a reletives or better still, a good mate who can repeat "never heard of him" endlessly to the cops.
 

oldbaldy

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#7
Service Personnel who are absent without leave (AWOL) can now speak in complete confidence to the SSAFA AWOL Support Line Worker Tel: 01380 738137 9.00 - 10.00am Monday to Friday (answering machine for call back outside these times).

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Legs

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#10
TalaveraTom said:
Wah anyone??
Do you have the slightest idea what a 'Wah' is, you numpty?



My advice: Pop along to the nearest unit and hand yourself in. It might help if you phone your own unit to let them know where you are handing yourself in so that they can come and collect you. TBH with manning as it is I wouldn't hold out much hope of serving on, but you will at least be able to get on with your life without constantly looking over your shoulder.
 
#11
As much as you are trying to play it down, you fled from justice, so you are not only AWOL but a suspected tea-leaf who had it on his toes the minute you were 'accused'.
That isn't the action of an innocent man.
I'm not sure the CO would be glad to take you back but he would be looking forward to you having to face the music and 'accusations'

Take your lumps and mind your fingers in the cell door!
 
#12
I really just want to get it sorted now that I have a kid on the way - whatever happens it has to be better than having it hanging over me and worrying about the cops. I know it would be worse if they nicked me and I went back that way.

Will think about it over the weekend and maybe call that number on Monday before doing anything else.

If it comes to it - how bad is Colly? I heard loads of stories about it when I was in or is it more just like going back to basic training?
 
#13
what kind of shape are you in? It could get your phys back up to a good level before you get the boot. think of it as a free personal trainer pal. Good luck.
 
#14
Northern_Biff said:
As much as you are trying to play it down, you fled from justice, so you are not only AWOL but a suspected tea-leaf who had it on his toes the minute you were 'accused'.
That isn't the action of an innocent man.
I'm not sure the CO would be glad to take you back but he would be looking forward to you having to face the music and 'accusations'

Take your lumps and mind your fingers in the cell door!
Save your high school judgement unless you have been sworn in as a solicitor or member of the Bar. You have no place to say whether you think he is innocent or guilty.

MD - everyone makes mistakes and I am sure 2 years from now your life will be much better after you put this to bed.
 
#15
REMFQuestions said:
Northern_Biff said:
As much as you are trying to play it down, you fled from justice, so you are not only AWOL but a suspected tea-leaf who had it on his toes the minute you were 'accused'.
That isn't the action of an innocent man.
I'm not sure the CO would be glad to take you back but he would be looking forward to you having to face the music and 'accusations'

Take your lumps and mind your fingers in the cell door!
Save your high school judgement unless you have been sworn in as a solicitor or member of the Bar. You have no place to say whether you think he is innocent or guilty.

MD - everyone makes mistakes and I am sure 2 years from now your life will be much better after you put this to bed.
Rubbish. NB is fully entitled to express his opinion on here just like everyone else. Since when has being a solicitor or being a member of the Bar mean that only their views should be listened to. Based on the extremely limited information posted on here I fully agree with NB.
 
#16
MD22 said:
I really just want to get it sorted now that I have a kid on the way - whatever happens it has to be better than having it hanging over me and worrying about the cops. I know it would be worse if they nicked me and I went back that way.

Will think about it over the weekend and maybe call that number on Monday before doing anything else.

If it comes to it - how bad is Colly? I heard loads of stories about it when I was in or is it more just like going back to basic training?
Depends whether you get the mil rehab or the kick out side. Either way it is hard work but both are good preps for the future either in or out of the army.

Call that number and start the process and make sure you hand yourself in. Not going to be pleasant whatever happens but as you say, at least it will put you (eventually) clear.
 
#17
REMFQuestions said:
Northern_Biff said:
As much as you are trying to play it down, you fled from justice, so you are not only AWOL but a suspected tea-leaf who had it on his toes the minute you were 'accused'.
That isn't the action of an innocent man.
I'm not sure the CO would be glad to take you back but he would be looking forward to you having to face the music and 'accusations'

Take your lumps and mind your fingers in the cell door!
Save your high school judgement unless you have been sworn in as a solicitor or member of the Bar. You have no place to say whether you think he is innocent or guilty.

MD - everyone makes mistakes and I am sure 2 years from now your life will be much better after you put this to bed.
That's me told then...yawn

I never said he was innocent or guilty, I merely pointed out that he fled from accusations and that those are not the actions of an innocent.
How is that a high school judgement you numpty!

At least he has come forward and is considering handing himself in but the way some are coating it in sugar, he'll just be let off. What I am saying is that he will have to face the 'allegations' of theft too. Where this is the case, it will inevitability end up at a DCM who will decide innocence....not some brief as you erroneously suggest.
 

Fugly

ADC
DirtyBAT
#18
On the plus side - despite the fact that you legged it in the first place - at least you're man enough to be up front about why, without trying to resort to "anti-war" bollocks like that turd Glenton.

I'm not going to even attempt to comment on the possible outcome, as it all depends on the circumstances of your disappearance, the accusation of theft, if your trade is currently overmanned, blah blah blah. You may get MCTC, you may be told simply to clear off. Only actually doing something about it will tell, so please be man enough to go through with it - the admission on here is a good start.

One sticky wicket to be highlighted however, is how long you were continued to be paid after you did one. Even if the outcome of your case is "hand your MOD90 in to the nearest barracks and just fuck off", the MOD will want their money back, especially in the current economic climate.
 
#20
Legs said:
TalaveraTom said:
Wah anyone??
Do you have the slightest idea what a 'Wah' is, you numpty?

Apparently not legs, you shitwad!!... Type the word fcuk/**** in a sentence and see how it comes out on the forum. If this bods first post is true, then how come he did it without having to mess around with the fonts/spaces,deletions etc to get the desired effect. This bod however, manages to do it without any of that messing about on his first post...As for this being RHQ rather than NAAFI, i don't suppose there have been any idiotics who have carried out wahs in the RHQ forum have there? :roll: So while you keep trolling out the obvious answers to his request for help? Perhaps you should ask yourself why a soldier/thief would need to come on here for advice, on the correct procedures for handing himself in?? Every ******, or should that be fcuker knows it already!!!

Seems unfair that people should give good advice to someone who probably doesn't actually need it...But i may be being a tad previous?
 
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