464. Desertion and absence without leave.

A person subject to service law1 commits the offence of desertion if he is absent without leave and (1) he intends to remain permanently absent without leave2; or (2) he intends to avoid a period of active service3. A person guilty of an offence of desertion4 is liable to any punishment authorised by statute, and any sentence of imprisonment imposed in respect of the offence may be for life if the offender intended to avoid a period of active service, but otherwise, must not exceed two years5.

A person subject to service law commits the offence of being absent without