All Quiet on the Western Front

From what you already know about Detering, why is his behavior in this chapter understandable, or "in character"?

chapter 11 when he goes AWOL

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Detering's burning desire to leave for home is an expression of what all the men repress, the need to escape from their "artificial" stoicism. However, there is a reason he is the only one who leaves; he is one of the few young men with a real home and profession. If the others had more compelling reasons to return home, they would probably have deserted long ago.