My niece was arrested today on a warrant issued by the Army dated Oct 1999. Arresting Officer stated that it was for an AWOL/Desertion.
After trying to find a local attorney to look into this (to no avail, non-military area), I was able to receive a call from her tonight from the county jail, limited to 10 minutes.
She states that on or about May of 1999, she met with a recruiter in Tampa, Florida. She says that she doesn't remember signing paperwork (Army faxed paperwork to arresting agency that they said had signature of her. I have no knowlege of what the papers are).
In August (or so) in 1999, she decided that she didn't want to join, spoke again with the recruiter, and returned to New York.
End of story.
She insists that she did not attend basic, swearing in, or anything similar.
Can she be considered AWOL/Deserter if she never even reported to basic?
I have reviewed the internet for info, and it appears that a DEP is signed first, and the second (binding) contract would be signed at basic. But is it possible that she signed something in May of '99 committing her, other than a DEP?
I am sorry to bother you with this, but I am at a loss for direction. This happened on a Friday, she was only able to make one call from the county jail, and that was this evening. Too late for me to go anywhere.
This poor girl is a hard working, 32 year old single mother. A supervisor for a developementally disabled adult home.
She has no history of problems. As a matter of fact, the warrant was discovered when she spoke with the State Polce as a complaintant, when she was the victim. They ran her info, and was arrested.
I spoke with someone with a little backround in the military, who says she may be sent to Fort Bragg or Ft. Knox. Is there anyway for this to be looked into prior to that? It appears that she can sit in the county jail without arraignment until she is turned over to the Army?
ANY advice or direction would be GREATLY appreciated!