Marines to un­dergo al­co­hol test­ing

Austin American-Statesman - - NEWS -

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 an­tidrink­ing 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 0.01 per­cent or higher to be re­ferred for coun­sel­ing. Any Marine or sailor who tests 0.04 per­cent or higher will be re­ferred to med­i­cal per­son­nel to de­ter­mine his or her 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.

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