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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.

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.
Alcohol... much, much worse.
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.
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!!!
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.
They were STILL showing up until about 1976... when the expiration dates of the rations
caught up with us.
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).
And it was fun to see how many packs people like Mickey Mouse and Richard M Nixon
had signed for that day.
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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