It is daunting task to keep track of all the acronyms used in the military. Do you know what UA stands for? This acronym is mostly used when talking about absences. UA is short for Unauthorized Absence.
Unauthorized Absence is not the only UA definition available in the military context, though. There are many others, and you will find out everything about the UA military meanings in this article. Therefore, keep reading to learn more!
Like I said in the introduction, UA (Unauthorized Absence) is a term used to define absences without leave or absences without authorization in a military setup.
Section 886 of Title 10, United States Code defines “absence without leave.” The Army, Air Force, and Space Force use this term; the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard use the term “unauthorized absence.”
Soldiers leaving their units without permission has been a concern throughout history. It has also been experienced by the United States Army from its inception at the time of the Revolutionary War.
Obviously, soldiers being absent without leave (AWOL) and deserting is a troubling phenomenon whenever it occurs.
When a serviceman
s the military without prior authorization, it is considered an Absence Without Leave (AWOL) or Unauthorized Absence (UA). Also known as desertion, it is no light matter and can lead to serious consequences.
What kind of punishments will an AWOL or UA GI face?
For people looking for specific guidance about punishments for going AWOL/UA, the phrase “as court-martial may direct” of the UCMJ is not very helpful. Actual punishments can vary from nothing at all to General Court-Martial, which could include a sentence of dishonorable discharge (a felony level conviction) and also could include years of jail time. Typically, punishments range in between these two extremes. In an effort to deter GIs from going AWOL/UA many commands circulate threats of worst case scenarios and unrealistically harsh punishments. (Note: while many people have been told that desertion during a time of war is punishable by death, OIF and OEF are recognized as police actions rather than as congressionally declared wars and no one has received such punishment in decades.) These rumors generate fears and consequently many absent GIs are reluctant to return to the military and resolve the issue. For many people the fears are increased by the mistaken idea that they are the only person in their situation, when in reality thousands of others have done it. In a majority of cases the actual punishments upon surrender/apprehension are less severe than absentees and their families and friends feared. Most cases are resolved without court-martial.
The specific punishments that any one person will face depend on a number of factors, all of which can be discussed with a GI Rights Hotline counselor:
Military branch and component Duration of the absence Time in Service Place of Surrender Apprehension vs. surrender Intent of GI Mitigating factors Command discretion
AWOL & UA vs. Desertion
AWOL and UA are often mistaken for desertion. But desertion, by definition, is when a member abandons a military post or duty without permission and the intention of returning. AWOL and UA are not desertions because they are only temporary forms of absences. Hence, AWOL and UA are similar to desertion but are not interchangeable.
UA is mostly understood as the umbrella term for absences without authorization. In the UCMJ — Uniform Code of Military Justice, there are three articles of unauthorized absence, which are:
Let’s dive into the details of each of these articles!
UA In the Military Aviation context
In the military aviation context, UA stands for “Unmanned Aircraft.”
Unmanned aircrafts are a category of aircraft that have the ability to fly without a pilot present.
Pair of unmanned military aircrafts or drones with extended landing gear fly by patrol air territory at low altitude.
Unmanned aircraft systems consist of the aircraft component, sensor payloads and a ground control station. They can be controlled by onboard electronic equipments or via control equipment from the ground.
When it is remotely controlled from ground It is referred to as an RPV (Remotely Piloted Vehicle) and requires dependable wireless communication for control.
UAs are used for observation and tactical planning. This technology is now available for use in the emergency response field to assist the crew members.
Umanned Aircrafts are classified based on the altitude range, endurance and weight, and support a wide range of applications including military and commercial applications.
What happens if you go UA in the military?
What does UA mean Air Force?
What is the difference between AWOL and UA?
AWOL is usually called Unauthorized Absence (UA) by the Navy and Marine Corps, and AWOL by the Army and Air Force. The use of UA by the Navy/Marine Corps and AWOL by the Army/Air Force has a historical component.
What does UA stand for Ukraine?
UA is the two-letter country abbreviation for Ukraine.