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Bush=AWOL=40 percent of Army reservists fail to report to Fort Jackson. The Charleston.Net: News reports:

“We’re not surprised by those numbers at all,” [Lt. Col. Burton L. Masters, spokesman for the Army’s Human Resources Command] Masters said.

Most of those who have not reported are seeking exemptions from active duty or delays in reporting, he said.

Those who have not reported or applied for a delay or exemption will be considered deserters if they do not show up within seven days of the date they were told to report for duty, Masters said.

“We are going to go the extra mile to work with people,” he said. “But if they don’t report, the Army will track them down.”

Troops subject to the recall have been on active duty but have not completed their eight-year obligation to the Army.

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