Pronunciation: (pronounced as initials or ā'wôl, ā'wol),[key] —adj., adv. away from military duties without permission, but without the intention of deserting.
—n. 1. a soldier or other military person who is absent from duty without leave.
2. go AWOL, a. to depart from military duty without leave.
b. to absent oneself without explanation. Also,awol,A.W.O.L.,a.w.o.l.