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DUSTWUN (abbreviation for duty status—whereabouts unknown[1]) is a transitory casualty status assigned to United States servicemembers who cannot be located but have not been confirmed dead or captured. A servicemember can have DUSTWUN status for only ten days.


Soldier Bowe Bergdahl came to national attention in the United States after spending five years in captivity in Afghanistan; he had left his post in 2009 intending to hike 20 miles to the closest command center when he was captured by the Taliban. His disappearance triggered an unsuccessful 45-day "DUSTWUN" manhunt by the U.S. Army.[2]


  1. ^ Nichols, Christopher B. (July 1, 2009) "Personnel services delivery redesign", Army Logistician
  2. ^ Ortiz, Erik; Miklaszewski, Jim (December 10, 2015). "'Serial' Season 2 Debuts With Bowe Bergdahl Telling 'Desertion' Story". NBC News. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 

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