desertion from one's post is automatic grounds for execution.
A general read aloud the order that Pvt. Eddie Slovik was to be executed for the crime of desertion.
“I, Pvt. Eddie D. Slovik, 36896415, confess to the desertion of the United States Army…” it began.
“I believe I am the only colonel in the regular army who was ever court-martialed and convicted of desertion,” he laughed.
At CPAC, it was hard to find any declarations of defection or desertion should Romney win selection as GOP general-in-chief.
The desertion of the king appears to have terrified rather than angered the nation.
Your father has made up to us both for his cruelty and desertion.
Misfortune in the family, or the lack of children, may be the reason for the desertion.
It was not a case of desertion; and if it had been it seems to me she was consoled.
Sickness, desertion, and the loss sustained at Guilford Courthouse had reduced his little army.
1590s, from Middle French désertion (early 15c.), from Late Latin desertionem (nominative desertio) "a forsaking, abandoning," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin deserere (see desert (v.)).