Pronunciation: (pronounced as initials or ā'wôl, ā'wol), [key]
away from military duties without permission, but without the intention of deserting.
1. a soldier or other military person who is absent from duty without leave.
2. go AWOL,
a. to depart from military duty without leave.
b. to absent oneself without explanation. Also,awol,A.W.O.L.,a.w.o.l.
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