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DoD Directive 1325.02 Desertion and Unauthorized Absence (16 November 2012, Incorporating Change 31 March 2017)

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3. Apprehension


b. Return to Military Control

(1) Absentees and deserters shall be received at any military installation having facilities
to process absentees and deserters that is manned by active duty personnel. Immediate action shall be taken to transfer an individual to the nearest installation of his or her Military Service.

(2) Military authorities shall initiate actions to return Service personnel to military
control within 48 hours after receiving notification of the absentee’s or deserter’s place of
detention. Inter-Service agreements will be used to facilitate the transference of custody of
absentees and deserters of all Military Services.