Righties will point out that this is data without context as the Pentagon--for some reason--doesn't keep a year-by-year tally of AWOLs or deserters (luckily for GWB). I don't care. The numbers themselves are compelling. The story is too.
The most recent Pentagon figures suggest there are 5,133 troops missing from duty. Of these 2,376 are sought by the Army, 1,410 by the Navy, 1,297 by the Marines and 50 by the Air Force. Some have been missing for decades.