Marines to undergo alcohol testing
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.