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AFI 36-3208 ADMINISTRATIVE SEPARATION OF AIRMEN (9 July 2004 incorporating changes through 2 July 2013)

AFI 36-3208 ADMINISTRATIVE SEPARATION OF AIRMEN (9 July 2004 incorporating changes through 2 July 2013) (1.6 MB)

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Chapter 5


5.52.2. Prolonged Unauthorized Absence. Airmen may be discharged for misconduct based on unauthorized absence continuing for 1 year or more. When a member who has been absent for 1 year or more returns to military control, the GCM authority decides whether the member will be tried by court-martial. If trial for the unauthorized absence is barred, or is considered inadvisable, the airman may be processed for administrative discharge. Discharge processing takes place at the base where the member returns to military control. Airmen who do not return to military control may not be processed for discharge for unauthorized absence without the approval of HQ AFMPC/DPMARS2. Refer to Chapter 6, Section 6I, for more information.

Commentario: "GCM" significa "General Court-Martial" (consejo de guerra general).


Chapter 6


Section 6I - Processing Airmen Dropped From Unit Rolls

6.48. Status of Airmen. They are dropped from the rolls (DFR) of their units according to AFMAN 36-2125 (Formerly AFR 35-40). DFR is an administrative action that does not change the airman's status as a member of the Air Force. For information about how it applies to deserters, see AFI 36-2911, Desertion and Unauthorized Absence (formerly AFR 35-73). The fact that an airman was DFR as a deserter does not bar a later finding under AFI 36-2911 that the member was only absent without leave (AWOL).

6.48.1. The procedures in this section apply only when HQ AFMPC/DPMARS2, on a case-by-case basis, names a unit to process the discharge of an absentee under paragraph 5.52. For information about other discharge in absentia actions, see paragraph 1.12.



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Chapter 1


1.3. When Unauthorized Absence Begins and Ends. An unauthorized absence starts when a member is absent from where he or she is ordered or otherwise required to be present. For an unauthorized absence of 24 consecutive hours or less, classify as failure to go instead of absence without leave (AWOL). For an unauthorized absence of more than 24 hours and less than 30 days, classify as AWOL... An unauthorized absence ends when the absentee or deserter returns to military control.

1.5. Classify a member as a deserter who:

1.5.1. Has been AWOL for 30 consecutive days. If the absence lasts through 2400 on the 30th consecutive day, change the absentee's status to deserter at 0001 on the 31st day (on the 10th day during times of emergency or war declared by the President or Congress). Note: Member does not have to be placed in AWOL status prior to being placed in deserter status if the member meets the criteria in paragraph 1.5.2.

1.5.2. Is AWOL for any amount of time and meets any of these criteria: The commander has determined, as the result of the investigation, that the member has no intention of returning Is under the duty or travel restrictions that DoD 5200.2-R/AFI 31-501 imposes. Has had access in the past 12 months to Top Secret information or other classified information that requires special access authority (see paragraph 2.2.7). Note: Do not classify a person who appears to be a casualty as a deserter solely because the person has had access to classified material described herein. Has gone to, or stayed in, a foreign country and, while there, has asked for or taken any type of asylum or resident permit from that country or its governmental agencies. Has action pending on a previous unauthorized absence that has not been completed. Is an escaped prisoner. Is under investigation for violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) as listed in Attachment 4 or against whom charges for any offense have been referred to a General Court-Martial. AFPC/DPWCM has determined member is in a deserter status.

Commentario: "AFPC" significa Air Force Personnel Center (el centro del personal de la Air Force). Goes or remains absent from his or her unit, organization, or place of duty with intent to remain away from there permanently.

Chapter 4


4.4. Return to the Air Force at Other than the Unit of Assignment:

4.4.1. Disposition Instructions: Absentees gone for less than 1 year will be returned to the unit they were assigned to at the time of their unauthorized absence.
... Members absent for 1 year or more will stay at the nearest Air Force installation with facilities for handling of the case.

4.7. Commanders Determination. The action unit commander:

4.7.5. A commander who finds that an absence was: Avoidable, takes appropriate disciplinary action if warranted. Consult with SJA.

Commentario: "SJA" significa Staff Judge Advocate (abogado militar). Unavoidable, excuses it. The absence does not count as lost time to be made good. Charge it to leave if it is not authorized for another reason... Examples of excused absences not charged to leave include: When a member's lack of mental capacity causes the absence. When civilian law enforcement authorities hold, try, and acquit a member.