ImageIn October 2006, Army Specialist Melanie McPherson went AWOL rather than deploy to Iraq as a Military Policeman, a job for which she had not been trained. In February 2007 she was convicted of desertion, sentenced to 3 months in prison, reduced in rank and given a bad conduct discharge. “I love my country. I was hoping to use my God-given talent, not just be a bullet catcher.”