What is DUSTWUN?

Introduction Duty Status – Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) is a transitory casualty status assigned to United States servicemembers who cannot be located but have not been confirmed dead or captured. A servicemember can have DUSTWUN status for only ten days. Refer to Desertion. Background US soldier Bowe Bergdahl came to national attention in the United States… Read More


What is Desertion?

Introduction Desertion is the abandonment of a military duty or post without permission (a pass, liberty or leave) and is done with the intention of not returning. This contrasts with unauthorised absence (UA) or absence without leave (AWOL), which are temporary forms of absence. Desertion versus Absence Without Leave In the United States Army, United… Read More