I just talked to my husband. He joined the military over 20 years ago and he said until you actually get sworn in, you are not officially in the military. HOWEVER....IF they DID get sworn in at the recruitment office, and DID get part of their enlistment bonus, then it could be legitiment and they could have a warrent out for them. The swearing in usually didn't happen until bootcamp, but that was years ago. They could be swearing them in in the recruitment station now that we are at war, so then it would be a crime to decide to not go.