It also includes no alcohol while deployment or training, including if you return to your house during off-duty hours during training, you are still considered deployed and/or in training, and alcohol consumption is forbidden.
If you are drinking before you go into the military, you should stop when you join up. During basic training, those who drink often or heavily can affect performance and risk being sent home early. On active duty, officers are usually not permitted to drink at all, while enlisted personnel may be allowed to do so in moderation. Enlisted men and women can be issued letters prohibiting them from drinking under certain circumstances such as when they are working with chemicals or driving a vehicle. In most cases, offenders who violate this rule will receive some form of discipline by their commanders. However, there have been cases where soldiers were allowed to continue drinking despite being told otherwise. In these situations, the offender usually receives a more serious form of punishment called a courts-martial. These carry heavier penalties than ordinary discipline proceedings and include things like reduction in rank or discharge from the service.
Drinking too much can lead to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
During wartime deployments, military forces are not permitted to consume alcohol. According to a US defense official, an inquiry was launched in early July after claims were made that certain members of the platoon of roughly 20 SEALs were consuming alcohol while on assignment. The investigation is ongoing.
However, this doesn't mean that they cannot drink at all. Alcohol is widely available in war zones because of its usefulness as a weapon against terrorists and other enemies who use explosives to kill people. It can also be used by soldiers as a means of self-medication if they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or other psychological problems related to their service.
In fact, several current or former Navy SEALs have admitted to drinking alcohol while on active duty. Here are the facts:
• In 2005, then-SEAL Eric Greitens confessed to The New York Times that he had drunk alcohol while on deployment. However, he said that his team didn't suffer any casualties due to his actions.
• In 2006, another SEAL named Mark Kennedy told The Washington Post that he and some other teammates would drink alcohol during wartime missions to calm their nerves or deal with the pain of serious injury or death. He said that although their commanders knew about the drinking, they never punished them for it.
Previously, anybody on active duty could consume alcohol on military bases, regardless of the legal drinking age off-base. Military installation commanders are required by federal law (United States Code, Title 10, Section 2683) to adopt the same drinking age as the state in which the military facility is situated. These laws were put into effect after World War II when it was found that many members of the armed forces were under the influence of alcohol while serving in Vietnam. The new rules allowed for increased supervision of drinkers and took advantage of lower alcohol prices at that time.
Since then, Congress has passed several statutes restricting alcohol consumption on military bases to prevent undue influence over young people who might be stationed there. These laws include:
• The 18th Amendment prohibits alcohol sales to persons under 21 years old. Military facilities can't sell alcohol if they don't have a restaurant or bar on site. They can sell beer and wine at grocery stores or other retail outlets that serve the community at large. However, if they choose to allow alcohol on their premises, they must set a minimum age limit of 21 years old.
• The 1973 Controlled Substances Act made it illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to purchase or use marijuana. Because medical marijuana is still not legal in every state, this provision doesn't apply today.
Since then, the US military has prohibited its members from consuming alcohol. Despite the restriction, US defense authorities have occasionally discovered alcohol at the facilities. Alcohol has been made available to soldiers from different countries. Drunk driving and possession of bigger amounts of alcohol are punishable by prison sentences of several months.
Drunk driving is also a major cause of violence among troops. In fact, alcohol-related traffic accidents account for about 20 percent of all violent incidents in the military community. After veterans, active-duty soldiers are most likely to be killed in drunken driving accidents.
Soldiers can be disciplined for being drunk on duty. Punishments range from reprimands to dismissal from the service. However, military law allows certain exceptions to the abstinence requirement. For example, a commander may grant a license to a soldier who is severely injured or ill to drink only limited amounts of alcohol. The commander should take into account the severity of the injury or illness and how long it will last before deciding what level of drinking is acceptable.
The best way to avoid getting drunk while serving in the military is not to drink at all. If you do want to drink, make sure it's not during working hours. Also, don't drive after eating; this will help prevent problems with your stomach from causing issues with your ability to walk into work the next day.