My son just returned to Fort Benning from Christmas Exodus. He called and mentioned that some people didn't return and I guess they would be considered as AWOL. I was wondering if this is a reoccuring problem and what possibly could happen to them for not returning to duty. Are punisments the same whether or not they have completed basic training? I am glad that my son returned to finish what he has started. It must be a big decision not to return to duty. Thanks for any information. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!