Marines to undergo random Breathalyzer testsSubmitted by emalvini on Wed, 12/26/2012 - 17:57
Marines to undergo random Breathalyzer tests
The alcohol screening program 'is primarily for deterrence and education,' but commanders can hand out punishment, Marine Lt. Gen. R.E. Milstead Jr. says.
By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
December 23, 2012, 11:17 p.m.
SAN DIEGO — Starting Jan. 1, Marines at Camp Pendleton and other bases will be subject to random Breathalyzer tests twice a year under what is billed as the toughest anti-drinking policy in the U.S. military.
An order issued by Lt. Gen. R.E. Milstead Jr., deputy commandant for manpower and reserve affairs, calls for any Marine or sailor with a blood-alcohol level of 0.01% or higher to be referred for counseling. Any Marine or sailor who tests at 0.04% or higher will be referred to medical personnel to determine his or her fitness for duty.