Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Korey Rowe Busted for Desertion

I'll admit, I assumed that he had served his full hitch, but apparently that is not the case.

"We developed information that he was at a county Route 47 residence in Oneonta last night," Devlin said Tuesday.

Rowe was arrested on a "military warrant" that Devlin said was brought to the attention of deputies by the Oneonta Police Department, who received information from a source outside of that department.

The article states that deserters are not often prosecuted, with only about 5% actually getting court-martialed, although I'd guess that goes up with the prominence of the person and the openness of the desertion.

Hat Tip: BJE (over at JREF).

Update: Our buddy SFC B (aka Detailed Recruiter) provides some context in the comments section:

Obviously I know nothing about Rowe's situation specifically, but I'm willing to hazard a guess about what has happened.

Recently the Army did an IRR muster where Soldiers currently in the IRR were ordered to report for a physical.

This is not the first time such a muster has happened, however, unlike previous musters, the Army was, apparently, very serious about this, and actually declared those who failed to report as AWOL.

I'm willing to bet that Rowe received such orders, ignored them, was declared AWOL, and a warrant was filed.

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