Army makes changes to prioritize missing soldiers after Vanessa Guillen's death

The U.S. Army will change its policy and focus on missing soldiers instead of quickly labeling them as AWOL.

10/18/2020 5:39:00 AM

The Army will soon list soldiers who fail to report to duty as 'missing' and will prioritize taking 'immediate action' to locate them in wake of high-profile disappearances, according to an internal Army message.

The U.S. Army will change its policy and focus on missing soldiers instead of quickly labeling them as AWOL.

from Fort Hood last year, led them to reassess the current practice of quickly listing soldiers who do not report for duty as absent without leave, or AWOL."How quickly can you see is it involuntary or voluntary? Are they missing?" Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told ABC News'"20/20" in an

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interviewin September.Gen. James McConville, the chief of staff of the Army, told reporters on Thursday that the upcoming changes will address"confusion" about the existing AWOL policy among commanders.Win Mcnamee/Getty Images, FileLupe Guillen, sister of 20-year-old murder victim U.S. Army Pvt. 1st Class Vanessa Guillen, speaks outside the U.S. Capitol as her mother Gloria looks on Sept. 16, 2020, in Washington, D.C.

Lupe Guillen, sister of 20-year-old murder victim U.S. Army Pvt. 1st Class Vanessa Guillen, speaks outside the U.S. Capitol as her mother Gloria looks on Sept. 16, 2020, in Washington, D.C.McConville said that under the change in policy the default will be to consider soldiers as missing.

"They only become AWOL after thorough investigation, thorough looking for the soldier, dealing with the family, dealing with law enforcement, we can prove that they are absent without leave," said McConville."If a soldier is not present for duty, they are missing," said McConville."And we will continue to do all we can do, just like we would in combat, to find them and get them back." He encouraged junior commanders to reach out to the families of soldiers in their units to establish relationships that could help determine a soldier's state of mind if they don't report for duty.

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Good! Beautiful girl godbless with sisters and brothers she probably had other options than the army. I would have went to hollywood if I was her not the army.✨🙈🙂😇 Its about time these are women/men that are serving their country and they need to be treated like humans and not ignored when they go missing!!!

Take them to justice. I thought Elvis was in Germany? Just restructure AWOL. If the military stands with Conald, who cares what they think, see defunding There needs to be an independent investigation by people not tied to any ranking officer at Fort Hood. While in the Navy, this young sailor was talked into traveling from our PSNS in Bremerton, Wa. To a state back east. After weeks on the run they got into an argument, and she turned him. He was arrested, then given a dishonorable discharge. The military is to complacent w/AWOL.

Search and rescue or recovery missions launched for our own solidiers during normal duty. I don't rightly know what to think of that... 1. How did this become a thing. 2. Resources to devote to this- money, time, fuel, etc. What is the cost of this alone. 3. Here or abroad, wow When you lose a pack of batteries and get absolutely smoked by your sergeant but the army can lose a whole damn private and be like 🤷‍♂️

It's about time! And it only took 28 death to make the change. That was sarcasm of course. We all know the people at the top are still being shielded. Theyre gonna get in trouble if they get caught in town now!!!!! Hasn't it been like that always? Seems like the bare minimum here... Soon? What about a soldier that dorsnt report? You have proven foul play? Why do you have to wait?

Army needs to take care of each and every single soldier. It's their duty. Maybe they saw a new army called money is what they want and you want no god so I'll say how is he feeling when the devil has found him in my world Satan is father of son if it's war he wants tell him he's no king I have money every where because his son is full of sin

Does this sound familiar in the mouth of madness second book What ever happened to AWOL? Don't fix what isn't broken. Only took a serial killer. shouldn't it be MIA? What about this soldier gone but not forgotten....Her killers still at large......... 🖕🏿 Thank uuu 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 no soldier left behind and we mean it!

Should have been doing this all along Sure, they see how the insane Commander In Chef sold them out, Eye'd split too. I am the last and only real member of the U S Army left. It only took a year

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