Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association

Update, 10 December 2020

S1NET Members: This S1NET message is dedicated solely to MILPER Message 20-412, Absent Unknown (AUN) Duty Status Code, which was published to implement policy changes directed by Army Directive 2020-16, Determination and Reporting of Missing, Absent-Unknown, Absent Without Leave, and Duty Status-Whereabouts Unknown Soldiers), dated 17 Nov 20. This MILPER Message, along with AD 2020-16 and an Absent Soldier Flowchart provided by HRC, are posted on S1NET at the following link. THESE POLICY CHANGES REQUIRE THE IMMEDIATE ATTENTION OF S-1s AND COMMANDERS.


A. AR 600-8-6 (Personnel Accounting and Strength Reporting), 1 April 2015.

B. AR 630-10 (Absence Without Leave, Desertion, and Administration of Personnel Involved in Civilian Court Proceedings), 13 January 2006.

C. AR 638-8 (Army Casualty Program), 7 June 2019.

D. AR 190-9 (Absentee Deserter Apprehension Program and Surrender of Military Personnel to Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies), 28 September 2015.

E. AR 190-45 (Law Enforcement Reporting), 27 September 2016.

1. Expiration. This MILPER message will expire one year after release.

2. Applicability. This guidance applies to the Active Army, the Army National Guard/Army National Guard of the United States, and the U.S. Army Reserve who are called or ordered to active duty and accessed into eMILPO.

3. Purpose. The purpose of this message is to provide guidance for processing procedures for the implementation and use of the new duty status code “Absent Unknown” for up to 48 hours to meet the changes directed in Army Directive 2020-16 (Determination and Reporting of Missing, Absent-Unknown, Absent Without Leave, and Duty Status-Whereabouts Unknown Soldiers).

4. This guidance changes the basic eMILPO duty status options for missing Soldiers from AWOL (AWL) and MISSING (MIS) used in conjunction with DUSTWUN casualty report to add a third, ABSENT UNKNOWN (AUN).

5. The new duty status, AUN, allows immediate reporting for up to 48 hours while commanders search for absent Soldiers and investigate to determine whether the preponderance of evidence reflects voluntary absence. Units will code absent Soldiers’ duty status as AUN in eMILPO at the time of the Soldier’s known absence. The unit will submit a DA Form 4187 change from Present for Duty (PDY) to AUN and forward to their local Directorate of Emergency Services within three hours of the Soldier’s absence. The DA Form 4187 reflecting AUN duty status WILL NOT be sent to Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS). Commanders are not authorized to leave Soldiers in the AUN duty status for more than 48 hours.

6. After 48-hours in AUN status, if commanders determine the absence is involuntary, the unit will submit a DA Form 1156 signed by a commander with Special Court Martial Convening Authority to their servicing Casualty Assistance Center to request Duty Status Unknown (DUSTWUN). Once DUSTWUN is approved, Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operations Division will coordinate for follow on documents and investigations as prescribed in AR 638-8, para 11-3c. The unit will change the eMILPO AUN duty status to MIS and send the DA Form 4187 to DFAS within 48 hours. (Note: DUSTWUN is not a duty status.)

7. When commanders determine that the Soldier’s absence is voluntary, the unit will complete the DA Form 4187 reflecting PDY to Absent Without Leave (AWOL) and forward to DFAS within 48 hours. Commanders can declare Soldiers AWOL anytime if the preponderance of evidence suggests they have been voluntarily absent without authority from their unit, organization, or other place of duty. Once a Soldier returns, the unit will complete a DA Form 4187 reflecting AWOL to PDY and forward to DFAS within 48 hours.

8. Point of contact. For personnel accountability policy questions contact the HRC Governance Support Branch at Refer casualty management questions to and/or 1-800-626-3317.

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