US Marines to face random blood-alcoh...

US Marines to face random blood-alcohol tests

There are 16 comments on the WSVN-TV Miami Beach story from Dec 24, 2012, titled US Marines to face random blood-alcohol tests. In it, WSVN-TV Miami Beach reports that:

Marines and sailors will be subject to random blood-alcohol tests twice a year in what is billed as the toughest anti-drinking policy in the U.S. military.

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riffnotresults

Pottstown, PA

#1 Dec 24, 2012
With a big riff coming up because things winding down in Afghanistan and fiscal cliff there will be extra bodies to get rid of. There's a reason the test starts in Jan.

Think it's kind of bs with no crime involved. Urine is onething but drawing blood is a medical procedure.
Ninthman

“Obama Shames the USA”

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#2 Dec 24, 2012
We'll be down to about three Marines in three years.
S-N-A-F-U

Sierra Vista, AZ

#3 Dec 25, 2012
Another WH program to manipulate 'choices,' such as 'Moochelle' telling us what to eat by attacking fast foods, and the new school lunch program that kids have refused to eat and dumping in the garbage. What is the point of having the military take a blood test to see if they had a beer yesterday, it sure in the hell don't prove alcoholism -- however, if its drugs that's another viable concern.

In Past RIF's (reduction in force) they didn't use any phony smoke-screen, they were explicit by telling you we have too many people under arms that are no longer needed under current policies. Micro-managing our freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution will be more evident in the coming months under this administration!-
S-N-A-F-U

Sierra Vista, AZ

#4 Dec 25, 2012
Another WH program to manipulate 'choices,' such as 'Moochelle' telling us what to eat by attacking fast foods, and the new school lunch program that kids have refused to eat and dumping in the garbage. What is the point of having the military take a blood test to see if they had a beer yesterday, it sure in the hell don't prove alcoholism -- however, if its drugs that's a viable concern.

In Past RIF's (reduction in force) they didn't use any phony smoke-screen, they were explicit by telling you we have too many people under arms that are no longer needed under current policies. Micro-managing our freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution will be more evident in the coming months under this administration - guaranteed!

“Make America Great Again”

Since: Jun 07

Bring Obama Back!

#5 Dec 25, 2012
I fully agree with this new policy. There is a standard that is expected of our military, especially Marines; when I was active duty I didn’t even drink when I was off duty (except for New Years). But even when I did drink for celebration proposes it was well within moderation. People need to be responsible in their actions and Marines are obligated to continue the standard that those of us before them held.

Semper Fi.
pgh

Greensburg, PA

#6 Dec 25, 2012
Does this include Maries who are not on duty? What I've read is not clear on this. If it includes off duty people, the policy implies one can never have a drink while an active duty Marine, while the Army will tolerate a BAC up to 0.05. A BAC of 0.05 is simpy a moderate buzz, and a BAC of 0.01 can be reached with just one drink. The military has become very intrusive in soiders' and marines' lives since the days of Vietnam.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#7 Dec 25, 2012
Good.

We waste millions of taxpayer dollars on servicemembers who can't control their drinking. It contributes to disease and is a major factor in nearly every sexual assault which is rampant in the military as well.

Btw, active duty members on technically on duty 24/7, so there is no excuse for drinking while on duty.
MajorUSARet

New Orleans, LA

#8 Dec 25, 2012
WeTheSheeple wrote:
Good.
We waste millions of taxpayer dollars on servicemembers who can't control their drinking. It contributes to disease and is a major factor in nearly every sexual assault which is rampant in the military as well.
Btw, active duty members on technically on duty 24/7, so there is no excuse for drinking while on duty.
Unbelievable!

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#9 Dec 25, 2012
S-N-A-F-U wrote:
Another WH program to manipulate 'choices,' such as 'Moochelle' telling us what to eat by attacking fast foods, and the new school lunch program that kids have refused to eat and dumping in the garbage. What is the point of having the military take a blood test to see if they had a beer yesterday, it sure in the hell don't prove alcoholism -- however, if its drugs that's a viable concern.
In Past RIF's (reduction in force) they didn't use any phony smoke-screen, they were explicit by telling you we have too many people under arms that are no longer needed under current policies. Micro-managing our freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution will be more evident in the coming months under this administration - guaranteed!
Alcohol IS a drug, and a very dangerous destructive one. Our military most definitely should be drug free- and that includes alcohol, nicotine, as well as the illegal drugs.

Since: Mar 09

The Left Coast

#10 Dec 25, 2012
WeTheSheeple wrote:
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Alcohol IS a drug, and a very dangerous destructive one. Our military most definitely should be drug free- and that includes alcohol, nicotine, as well as the illegal drugs.
And no sex for any unmarried soldiers.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#11 Dec 26, 2012
RustyS wrote:
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And no sex for any unmarried soldiers.
That certainly would have cut down on the never ending parade of guys at the STD clinic every day.......
pgh

Greensburg, PA

#12 Dec 26, 2012
pgh wrote:
Does this include Maries who are not on duty? What I've read is not clear on this. If it includes off duty people, the policy implies one can never have a drink while an active duty Marine, while the Army will tolerate a BAC up to 0.05. A BAC of 0.05 is simpy a moderate buzz, and a BAC of 0.01 can be reached with just one drink. The military has become very intrusive in soiders' and marines' lives since the days of Vietnam.
I was at a party last night that was attended by a number of full-time Army reservists, so I was able to ask them about this. These BAC figures (0.01 for USMC and 0.05 for USA) apply when one is on-duty, not off-duty, in which case I don't have any problems. In fact, a BAC of up to 0.05 for an on-duty soldier is far too lenient, and all the sodiers present at the party agreed. The military is OK with soiders and marines catching an alcohol buzz, except when on-duty. I was told that drinking just before going on-duty, and while being on-duty, has become a big problem in the military, so these measures don't seem at all unreasonable. Perhaps all military branches should adopt USMC policies in this matter.
pgh

Greensburg, PA

#13 Dec 26, 2012
soldiers...sorry, typos
abe

United States

#14 Dec 26, 2012
why marine? why welfare people? why not president bammy? why not congress? why not government workers> why are they exempt. Proably not a sober congressman/woman in the nation big christmas parites, while the hungry children starve. and a... bamy is on vacation. let us go over the cliff today. most states that will hurt will be the money states and dc will be the main one. let them suffer.

Since: Mar 09

The Left Coast

#15 Dec 26, 2012
WeTheSheeple wrote:
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That certainly would have cut down on the never ending parade of guys at the STD clinic every day.......
Excellent. Now we're getting them cleaned up. A limit of 5 pounds over recommended weight would be another good thing.
Lifer

United States

#16 Dec 27, 2012
WeTheSheeple wrote:
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That certainly would have cut down on the never ending parade of guys at the STD clinic every day.......
No sex, no booze. and no gays! Problem solved for military.

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