absence without leave


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Noun1.absence without leave - unauthorized military absenceabsence without leave - unauthorized military absence  
defection, desertion, abandonment - withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility; "his abandonment of his wife and children left them penniless"
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
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O'Leary has accepted Djemba-Djemba's explanation as to his absence without leave for personal reasons following his country's African Nations' Cup exit.
And a quick glance at the team sheet suggested they were struggling at the back, where all the talk had been about Sol Campbell's untimely absence without leave.
News of suicides, attempted suicides, desertions, absence without leave, deliberate self-harm, depression, anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) among US troops began to surface soon after the war started in March 2003 (see, for instance, the New York Post, 6 October 2003).
Any reservist who fails to comply with a call-up notice is guilty of absence without leave or desertion under Section 96 of the Reserve Forces Act 1996.
His leadership in the Senate has helped ensure the passage of important legislation for the National Guard _ most recently, Act 9 of 1998, which enhances Guard readiness by making absence without leave a summary offense under Pennsylvania law.