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Armed Forces Act 1971

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12Absence without leave

(1)The following provision shall be substituted for section 38 of the Army Act 1955:— Absence without leave.

38Any person subject to military law who—

(a)absents himself without leave, or

(b)improperly leaves his ship,

shall, on conviction by court-martial, be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or any less punishment provided by this Act.

(2)The provision set out in subsection (1) above shall also be substituted for section 38 of the Air Force Act 1955, but modified for that purpose by the substitution of

air-force lawfor " military law ".

(3)Section 17 of the Naval Discipline Act 1957 shall be amended by omitting, in subsection (1), the words

without being guilty of desertionimmediately before paragraph (a) and the words " or place of duty " at the end of paragraph (b), and subsection (2) (so that the section corresponds with the provision set out in subsection (1) above except by continuing to provide for forfeiture as an additional punishment).

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