Navy Dealing With Concerning Level of Deserters

The Navy has seen a disproportionately high number of deserters over the past three years compared to other branches of the U.S. military, raising a cause for concern, particularly related to mental health, NPR reported.

There were 157 sailors who illegally fled the Navy, more than doubling the total from 2019 (63) and about a 150% increase since 2020 (98), Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Devin Arneson told NPR.

The number of deserters had been declining during the Trump administration, according to the report.

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