An alarming trend of Afghan soldiers going AWOL (absent without leave) while being trained inside the United States was highlighted in a government report published last week.

The report, titled “U.S.-based training for Afghanistan security personnel: trainees who go absent without leave hurt readiness and morale, and may create security risks” was released by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) on Tuesday.

Among the more disturbing numbers in the report, SIGAR reported that 152 Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) members have gone AWOL since 2005 while they were in the United States on official duty. According to the report, 83 either fled the United States or remain unaccounted for, and only 27 have been arrested or removed by law enforcement. Of all the foreign forces which have gone AWOL in the United States since 2005, a full fifty percent of them were from Afghanistan.

The report cites a number of reasons which could give context to the problem. Primarily, threats from the Taliban against the trainees themselves and their families have discouraged many from returning home, a common problem throughout the Afghan security forces, even those inside of Afghanistan.