First, recruits were "too fat to fight
," but now it seems "too drunk too deploy" is becoming a top concern as well.
The Washington Times reports
that the Marine Corps is sending breathalyzer kits to commanders at home and abroad as part of a new effort to curb intoxicated soldiers, in what's being dryly dubbed the "Marine Corps Alcohol Screening Program."
Mandatory, random testing will be carried out by members of a new bureaucracy that may be additionally responsible for meting out punishment to Marines who fail the tests. What are the consequences awaiting soldiers caught drunk, or merely buzzed? Much like in civilian life, it depends on just how
A Marine who clocks in with a .01 blood-alcohol content level will receive counseling. For a .04 it's an automatic physical check-up to confirm one's basic fitness for duty.
"The ASP provides an opportunity for commanders to identify those individuals in need of alcohol counseling or treatment," reads the memo
detailing the program. "Commanders shall ensure that all Marines and sailors in their commands are tested twice per year."
Via The Washington Times