AWOL Canadian troops double since 9/11

The number of Canadian soldiers who have gone absent without leave has doubled in the last six years, Sun Media has learned. Records obtained through access to information show 708 troops were convicted of going AWOL in 2005 — more than two times the 340 who were convicted of the offence in 2000. Numbers show a sharp rise after 2001, when the 9/11 terrorist attacks propelled Canada’s military into a more dangerous role abroad.

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