This guy is a Staff Sgt in the Infantry. A pretty poor example of leadership for his squad and to apply for conscientious objector status after being in the Infantry hardly makes sense. I think this was his first taste of having to actually do his job as an infantryman and he found a big yellow stripe down his back. And, why did he wait 5 months to turn himself in? Friday, March 26, 2004 AP SAVANNAH, Ga. A National Guardsman who criticized the "oil-driven war" in Iraq was charged with desertion for refusing to rejoin his unit after a two-week furlough. Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia of the Florida National Guard was charged after traveling to Fort Stewart from his home in Miami Beach, Fla., Fort Stewart spokesman Richard Olson said Friday. "He's taking it in stride," said Mejia's attorney, Louis Font. "He is strong and intelligent and will defend against these charges." Army officials said Mejia, 28, left Iraq in October on a two-week leave from the 1st Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment and did not return. Mejia has said he believes the war is unjust because it is about control of oil supplies and has also said he is upset over the death of civilians. Mejia has applied for conscientious objector status, but the Army pressed on with prosecution because he was gone so long five months. However, Mejia will face a special court-martial rather than a general court-martial, Fort Stewart commander Maj. Gen. William G. Webster said. That means Mejia faces up to a year in prison and a bad conduct discharge rather than up to five years and a dishonorable discharge. Mejia has been barred from leaving Fort Stewart without special permission since he arrived last week, said Font. He was denied a request to attend an anti-war rally last weekend at Fort Bragg, N.C. No date has been set for Mejia's trial. My thoughts on it.....It is not his job to judge whether a war is just or not; his job is to fight. If a soldier wants to pick and choose his fights, he shouldn't be in the service.