I have looked at some AWOL topics on here and the replies... so basically I get the gist of the general feeling towards soldiers who are awol. But as I have looked and looked around the internet and can't seem to find any official guidelines or policy I am going to ask you guys. I am not the offender, I am his girlfriend. I wasn't with him when he was in the army or when he left. So please don't flame me. So. My bf was in the army for four years and went AWOL nearly 4 years ago. I think he had a couple of brief AWOL periods for which he a spent brief spells in a military jail before finally going properly AWOL and not going back. His reasons for AWOL are simply that he's a muppet. He was an alcoholic and basically went on one bender too many. No other excuses like running away from Iraq, just a case of digging himself a hole that just got deeper and deeper and the longer time went by the less likely it was he was going to to back. He seems to think that after four years the army stop looking for you and you are dishonourably discharged and that is that. However from what I've read on here there doesn't seem to be a hard and fast rule about this? Is this the case, or will he forever be on a list of AWOLs/deserters? He misses the army, but I don't think he wants to, nor expects to, be taken back. So what would happen if he contacts them now? I know all his medals and some personal items were left behind, but I assume these will have been binned? The other thing I don't get is that he has a working bank account and various other things like a passport that would make him pretty easy to trace (he has an unusual name). I thought I had read you couldn't get a bank account etc if you are AWOL? As I know nothing about army life I am simply looking for some guidance/reassurance on this. He has been sober for two years now, we've only been together one year but if I want a future with him I'd like to know if he could end up in jail or be stopped from doing things like getting a mortgage in the future. Thanks for any constructive help you can give me on this.