Chicago Tribune | G.I. Seeks Conscientious Objector Status Registration may be required.
Let's see... his mom is a peace activist and yet he joined a military organization. Then he didn't realize that war isn't a bed of roses and that he'd be trained to kill people? I hope that SSG Mejia gets the full penalty of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for desertion. They could also add a missing movement charge as well. SSG Mejia should be happy that this isn't a formally-declared war, otherwise he'd be up for execution. The UCMJ spells that out VERY clearly.
All of these peace activists? It's like the meme that's going around the Web. They're not anti-war, they're just on the other side.