U.S. Deserters Sent Home from Canada
Leaving their comrades in arms to take up their slack is not honorable behavior.
This is, afterall, an all-volunteer army. People who sign up do so with the knowledge that they could be sent places they don't particularly like and put in Harm's Way. In return for their commitment they receive numerous benefits, not the least of which is the grateful respect of their countrymen for their service.
Those who cheat on that deal, don't deserve that respect.
It is easy to sympathize with some young men who immaturely joined the military but found they had a true distaste for rules and regulations it imposed on them. Those who saw combat and found that they were psychologically unsuited for it are even easier to sympathize with. But neither can justify desertion.
No doubt, some of these young men have convinced themselves they were acting heroically by fleeing an immoral war. But many more will live to regret their actions as they mature. It will be the tragedy of their lives and theirs to live with.