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Army makes changes to prioritize missing soldiers after Vanessa Guillen's death

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Vanessa Guillen
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In the wake of the high-profile disappearance of Army Spc. Vanessa Guillen earlier this year, as well as other high-profile incidents, the Army will soon list soldiers who fail to report to duty as "missing" and will prioritize taking "immediate action" to locate them, according to an internal Army message."ln the coming weeks, HQDA (Headquarters, Department of the Army) will publish guidance on absent Soldiers to clarify that when one of our teammates fails to report for duty, we will consider them missing and take immediate action to find them," top Army leaders said in a message to soldiers stressing the importance the Army places on its people.Army leaders have acknowledged that the disappearances of Guillen and Pvt. Gregory Wedel-Morales, who disappeared from Fort Hood last year, led them to reassess the current practice of quickly listing soldiers who do not report for duty as absent without leave, or AWOL."How quickly can you see is it involuntary or voluntary?

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