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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 02:20 PM

Marines to undergo random tests for alcohol consumption

December 20, 2012 | 10:03 am
-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Starting next month, Marines at Camp Pendleton and other bases will be subject to random Breathalyzer tests twice a year under what is billed as the toughest anti-drinking policy in the U.S. military.

An order issued last week by Lt. Gen. R.E. Milstead Jr., deputy commandant for manpower and reserve affairs, calls for any Marine or sailor who tests positive at .01% or higher to be referred for counseling. Any Marine or sailor who tests .04% or higher will be referred to medical personnel to determine their fitness for duty.

Milstead's order notes that while the new order "is primarily for deterrence and education," nothing precludes commanders from handing out punishment. Each unit will have a staff non-commissioned officer to act as the alcohol screening program coordinator.

More: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/12/marines-random-alcohol-tests.html


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ellisonz Dec 2012 OP
Liberal_in_LA Dec 2012 #1
Recursion Dec 2012 #6
Historic NY Dec 2012 #2
Fumesucker Dec 2012 #3
Historic NY Dec 2012 #8
Recursion Dec 2012 #4
DonViejo Dec 2012 #5
DollarBillHines Dec 2012 #7

Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 02:22 PM

1. so no drinking on their time off?

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 02:28 PM

6. No drinking to .04% BAC

So, drinking a few drinks slowly should be fine.

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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 02:24 PM

2. That ought to be interesting...

near me we have had lots of fatalities involving them on or near the post. (mostly civilian base) where a wing is detached.

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 02:27 PM

3. Young aggressive risk takers and alchol are not particularly compatible

Although they have a considerable affinity for each other.

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 02:47 PM

8. more a lack of older supervision too...

my buddy was the CSM he hated the weekly calls , even with a club by the barracks they still got stupid.

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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 02:27 PM

4. I remember back in '04 Pendleton said we couldn't have alcohol in our barracks rooms

There's a saying that in your first tour in the Corps you either find Jesus, lift weights, or become an alcoholic. Not sure if this is too draconian, but it's good that somebody's doing something about it.

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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 02:33 PM

7. Now THERE is one hell of a recruiting tool. nt

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