<img src="http://media2.s-nbcnews.com/j/newscms/2016_40/1739576/161006-afghan-us-soldiers-training-327p_dcc61ecb4891f99e79862518691c6f35.nbcnews-ux-320-320.jpg" width='250px' alt='Image: Afghan Uniform Police and soldiers from the U.S. Army 4th Brigade Combat Team train at National Training Center at Ft. http://ajn.me/medicalinterview26570Irwin California’ align=’left’ /> In September of 2014, three Afghan National Army soldiers disappeared during a training exercise in Cape Cod, and were later found trying to cross into Canada near Niagara Falls, officials previously said. Officials said at the time it was believed the trio did not want to return to Afghanistan “The Defense Department is assessing ways to strengthen eligibility criteria for training in ways that will reduce the likelihood of an individual Afghan willingly absconding from training in the U.S. and going AWOL (absent without leave),” Stump said. Afghans in the U.S. training program are vetted to ensure they have not participated in human rights abuses and are not affiliated with militant groups before being allowed into the United States, Stump said. The defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added there was no evidence any of those who had absconded had carried out crimes or posed a threat to the U.S. U.S. Soldiers and the Afghan National Army unite during an operational meeting at Forward Operating Base Marjan at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California on Aug. 20, 2011. visit this pageJennifer Grier / U.S.
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