Just thought id say hi as im a long time reader first time poster. I go to an infantry unit in the TA and a guy was being charged for assaulting a senior nco (i don't know what was said) . What shocked me though was the person in question didn't turn up for the charge to be made. I thought this was just stupid, from the rumours going around i would have thought if he explained it to the CO they may have acknowledged what happened and at the very least let him stay. Another guy i spoke to said he knew of someone doing a similar thing and then rejoining another unit entirely. Is that right, surely if your being court martialled it wouldnt matter whether your present or not your getting charged. Thanks for the replies in advance.