Desertion rate has doubled since start of war in Iraq Michael Smith (The Times) THE number of soldiers dismissed from the army for desertion or classified as long-term absent without leave (Awol) has more than doubled since the start of the Iraq war three years ago. New figures released by the Ministry of Defence last week show that 2,030 soldiers went missing from their units between 2003 and 2005 and were later dismissed by the service. A further 740 are on the run but have not yet been kicked out. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-2310624,00.html Not sure if this has been posted? Interesting read.