What does AWOL means?

@ronaldinu (12439)
Malta
April 9, 2009 1:26am CST
I was reading this news about a football player. I have an idea what it means but I am not familiar with the word AWOL. "Inter striker Adriano has spoken for the first time since going AWOL in Brazil to confirm that he is alive and well. 9/4 "
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@spalladino (17921)
• United States
9 Apr 09
Away Without Official Leave. It's a military term but a lot of folks use it when someone is unaccounted for.
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@ronaldinu (12439)
• Malta
9 Apr 09
thanks mate for enlightening me...
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@us2owls (1681)
• United States
10 Apr 09
Others say AWOL is Absent WithOut Leave.
@anneshirley (1516)
• Philippines
9 Apr 09
in company terms, AWOl means Absent Without Official Leave...when you come back after being AWOL, you have to explain to your superiors why you took a leave without informing them. It can also be used as ground for suspension or worse, dismissal
• Somalia
9 Apr 09
I thought it was absence without official leave.?
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9 Apr 09
Hi ronald, I don't rightly know exactly what its means but I think it someone behaving out of charecter, doing a disappearing act, out of control, there are many sportsmen doing that sort of things these days. Tamara
@ShepherdSpy (8561)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
9 Apr 09
The Military use Acronyms for Many purposes,and if you watch movies on the subject on TV or Cinema,to add realism they'll drop some of these into conversations..some of them are Clean and can be explained in polite company (like AWOL!) Others are a little greyer as to their suitability for explanation,but there are cleaned up alternatives available..SNAFU is one ("Situation Normal..All Fouled up!") would be the cleaner version,and FUBAR ("Fouled up beyond all recognition") Again,the cleaner version..the terms can be widely adapted to different situations,not just military,and some have made the leap to civilian use,as the terms are quite versatile! Hoping this adidional info helps!
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
9 Apr 09
Absent Without Leave It is used in military. If you go off of duty without getting an official "Leave of Absence" permission, you are in deep doo doo.
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@savypat (20245)
• United States
9 Apr 09
AWOL means absent without leave. It was use in reference to military deserters, meaning they were gone but not yet declared deserters.
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
9 Apr 09
awol means they are gone w/out permission, exampleif you are awol from the army u have left & not suppose to have or u have been on leave & didn't come back when u were suppose to.i think the letters stand for away without leave or something close to that. hope i have helped explain it to u.
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@Opal26 (17686)
• United States
9 Apr 09
Hey ronaldinu! I just know that it means being absent without permission! I'm not sure what the letters stand for exactly! I just know that if you leave without permission you are considered AWOL and it is a Military Term and it is really bad! So when it's used you are in big trouble! I'm sure some smart mylotter will know the exact meanig for the letters!
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
15 Jun 09
Absent without leave. Usually applied to Military people who are in big trouble because being absent without permission is big trouble. Sorry, this was 3 months ago, so I'm sure you have the answer by now. Take care
@littleowl (7157)
12 Apr 09
Hi ronald this might be a bit late of a reply, but AWOL means Absent Without Leave it is a military term if someone dissappears without asking...littleowl
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@mayrose (323)
• Philippines
11 Apr 09
AWOL means Absence WithOut Leave, that's what I know..
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@bombshell (11265)
• Germany
10 Apr 09
dont know either
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@kun2349 (23464)
• Singapore
10 Apr 09
AWOL means, Absent Without Official Leave ^_^ It applies to every sector in the world, and most employers will know the meaning of it ^_^ Leave can mean any kind of leave such as medical leave or those leave that one is entitled to have ^_^ IN this case here, Adriano is absent for no reason and that he did not even report to his coach where he is, and why he's not back for training ^_^ Just like if one day, u decide not to go school or dun feel like teaching for the day, yet u did not even call or apply for leave, that will be considered as AWOL ^_^
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@stvasile (7316)
• Romania
9 Apr 09
I had no idea what AWOL means either, I just found out as a consequence of your question. Apparently, it stands for Absent Without Leave.
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• South Africa
9 Apr 09
Absent without official leave
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
9 Apr 09
To the best of my knowledge AWOL is a military term meaning Absent Without Leave...meaning you are gone without permission. [b]**AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~[/b]
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@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
9 Apr 09
Absent With Out Leave. I think it originated as a term in the army when a soldier was absent without permission, or "leave". It's become a common civilian term. This is probably about the upteenth reply but I couldn't resist saying it again and giving you a penny.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
9 Apr 09
Hi ya ronaldinu A - abscent W - with O - out L - leave It means that he has left without permission and not letting anyone know!
@Samanthavv (1383)
• United States
9 Apr 09
I wasn't really sure what the acronym stood for until I read the responses, but I knew that AWOL meant the person was gone, or missing or hadn't been heard from in a while! Now I know it means "Absent without official leave!"
@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
9 Apr 09
It means Absent Without Leave, and is a military term - it used to apply to soldiers who left the service without resigning or telling anyone they were going. Usually they were court martialled when caught and went to a military prison.
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