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Desertion Rates in the U.S. Army Since 1970 (Infographic)

Chart of desertion from U.S. Army by year.
Desertion has never been higher since 1971, when more than 33,000 soldiers deserted. (Image credit: by Ross Toro, Infographics Artist)

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Ross Toro
Ross Toro is a contributing infographic artist for Live Science. He specializes in explanatory graphics that deal with science topics. Ross is a former art director of the Los Angeles Times, Associated Press and United Press International. He teaches Filipino martial arts when not dabbling in cartoons and animation.