NPR : Nearly 5,000 Soldiers Deserted Army in 2007:42 percent more seems like a lot. Too bad those soldiers couldn't get into the Alabama Air Guard.
by Nancy Mullane
November 19, 2007
Army desertion rates are up 80 percent since the United States invaded Iraq in 2003. The actual numbers of deserters are still low — less than 1 percent of the entire force — but they show a steady increase over the past few years. The Army says nearly 5,000 soldiers deserted in 2007, a 42 percent increase from 2006.