TABLE 7-1 Summary of Military Standards for Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Type of Use/Abuse

No Waiver Required

Waiver Possible

No Waiver Possible

Drug trafficking

 

 

All Services

Alcohol/drug dependence

 

Navy: If no longer dependent

Army, Air Force, Marine Corps

Positive test for other drugs

 

Army: If retest negative after one year

Navy: Same as Army

Marine Corps: Same as Army

Air Force

Positive test for marijuana or alcohol

 

Army: If retest negative after six months

Navy: Same as Army

Marine Corps: Same as Army

Air Force: Alcohol—if treated and abstains for two years

Air Force: Marijuana

Chronic marijuana use

 

Navy: No use in past year

Navy: If used during past year

Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps

Limited Use of Other Drugs

Stimulants and depressants

Army: Must disclose

Navy: Use more than one year ago

 

Navy: Use within six months

Narcotics

Army: Must disclose

Navy: Use over one year ago

Navy: Use within six months

Limited use of marijuana

All Services

 

 

SOURCE: HumRRO, Moral Character Enlistment Standards, preliminary report (1998).

states it is illegal to consume any alcoholic beverage under age 21. Moreover, occasional or “recreational” use of marijuana is also fairly common among youth, and the military decided during the early 1990s that occasional use of marijuana would not be disqualifying under moral character standards. Supply issues are therefore more focused on heavy or chronic use of illicit drugs or alcohol, especially when they indicate drug depen-



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