DOD D 1325.2 2012 Edition, November 16, 2012
Desertion and Unauthorized Absence (UA)
PURPOSE. This Instruction reissues DoD Directive 1325.2 (Reference (a)) as a DoD Instruction in accordance with the authority in DoD Directive 5124.02 (Reference (b)) to update established policy, assigned responsibilities, and prescribed procedures designed to reduce desertion, UA, or designation as absent without leave (AWOL) of military personnel.
APPLICABILITY. This Instruction applies to:
a. OSD, the Military Departments (including the Coast Guard at all times, including when it is a service in the Department of Homeland Security by agreement with that Department), the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff, the Combatant Commands, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, the Defense Agencies, the DoD Field Activities, and all other organizational entities within the DoD.
b. All military personnel serving on active duty, active duty for training, or ordered to report to active duty in the Military Services; pursuant to section 802 of chapter 47 of title 10, United States Code (also known and hereinafter referred to as "The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ)" (Reference (c))).