Iraq War Deserters

Am reading: AWOL↗, a military jargon meaning Absent Without (Official) Leave, more or less a euphemism for “deserters”. Then, Wikipedia has this passage about the number of US deserters in Iraq War:

«According to the Pentagon, more than 5500 military personnel deserted in 2003–2004, following the Iraq invasion and occupation. [2]. The number had reached about 8000 by the first quarter of 2006. [3] Another report stated that since 2000, about 40,000 troops from all branches of the military have deserted, also according to the Pentagon. More than half of these served in the US Army [4]. Almost all of these soldiers deserted within the USA. There has only been one reported case of a desertion in Iraq. The Army, Navy and Air Force reported 7,978 desertions in 2001, compared with 3,456 in 2005. The Marine Corps showed 1,603 Marines in desertion status in 2001. That had declined by 148 in 2005. [5]»