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Response to Taverner (Reply #2)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 09:50 PM

4. I was in from '72-'78, and the Army had a HUGE... ENORMOUS drug & alcohol problem.

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As medics, we saw it frontline. The Army's official estimate of how many of the troops in
Germany were using NEEDLES was 7%... and you KNOW that their OFFICIAL estimate
was low for reasons of PR.
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Alcohol... much, much worse.
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We worked closely with the rehab office on post and FURIOUS would be a good word to
use to describe their attitude towards Army alcohol policies. Cigarettes and alcohol were
subsidized HEAVILY. I think a carton of cigarettes in the States cost about $8 at the
time, in Germany (for soldiers) a carton cost $1.60. Jim Beam was probably about $12
or so for a half-gallon -- in Germany, about $4.50.
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Everybody worked the black market a little bit. We could take a couple half-gallons of
liquor and a grocery bag full of cigarettes and eat and drink like KINGS... ALL weekend!!!
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Up until about 1972, C-ration boxes included the little airline 4-cigarette mini-packs, so
those who didn't prepare for an extended time in the field didn't go through withdrawal.
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They were STILL showing up until about 1976... when the expiration dates of the rations
caught up with us.
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You could only buy 5 cartons a month on your ration card, but there were 4-or-5 locations
on post that sold cigarettes by the pack and you could sign for 2 packs-a-day (only at
one location a day, but in practice... you could make the rounds).
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And it was fun to see how many packs people like Mickey Mouse and Richard M Nixon
had signed for that day.
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I probably smoked 2 packs-a-day, but was in exceptional shape and could keep up with
the fittest of the scouts that I usually covered in the field.
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