AWOL stands for Away WithOut Leave. Basically, if you disappear off the map and we have no idea what happened to you, then you will be considered AWOL. Typically the ball park figure for being considered AWOL is about 1.5 to 2 weeks without contact with the clan, or if you are AWOL from two squad events in a row.
When you are considered AWOL, you will be booted from your squad.
After two weeks of being AWOL, one of two things will happen:
1. If you are a recruit or private (silver grade), you will simply be booted from the clan.
2. If you are ranked higher than a private (silver grade), you will be retired from the active duty roster. Upon returning (If you ever do) you will be placed back into your squad.