Sailors and Marines who drink too late at night will be caught the next morning by breath-tests at duty stations.Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has announced the installation of breathalyzer machines in units force-wide, as well as Marine Corps bases.
“You work in and on the most technologically advanced systems in the world, and you have to report to work prepared to meet the challenges, ” Mabus told service members aboard the USS Bataan on Monday.
Furthermore, he said, the country’s new defence strategy will put increased responsibilities on the Navy and the Marine Corps in years to come.
Alcohol testing will identify those who might need help for hitting the bottle to cope with stress following a decade of war in the Middle East.
It’s part of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative, a new program to improve the physical and mental-health of service members.
Leaders of 3rd Marine Division, which has infantry Marines stationed in the Pacific, posted a tongue-in-cheek video last month about the impact of synthetic drugs on combat readiness. The advisory video was titled “3rd Marine Division leaders discuss bath salts” and you can watch it here.
Those reporting for duty can now expect random alcohol tests, in addition to random drug testing for the popular synthetic marijuana, Spice. Last year, the Navy reported that 64 sailors from the USS Carl Vinson were caught illegally using or distributing the drug. The Navy aims to curb substance abuse and get service members on track for mission accomplishment.
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