"The increased prosecutions are meant, in effect, to serve as a deterrent to a growing number of soldiers who might be looking for a way to avoid heading - or heading back - to Iraq, several U.S. Army lawyers said during interviews. The use of courts-martial for these violations, which before 2002 were treated mostly as unpunished nuisances, is a sign that active-duty forces are being stretched to
their limits, said military lawyers and mental health experts.
"They are scraping to get people to go back, and people are worn out," said Thomas Grieger, a senior Navy psychiatrist."
U.S. Army prosecutions of desertion rise sharply - International Herald Tribune