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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Corps enforces breathalyzer tests

By Lance Cpl. Derrick K. Irions | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | January 03, 2013

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LCpl. Hazel Watson, a military policeman with Security Battalion, blows into a breathalyzer during a demonstration here Jan. 3. The demonstration gives a visual example of the process that Marines and sailors throughout the Marine Corps will undergo in accordance with Marine Administrative Message 709/12.

LCpl. Hazel Watson, a military policeman with Security Battalion, blows into a breathalyzer during a demonstration here Jan. 3. The demonstration gives a visual example of the process that Marines and sailors throughout the Marine Corps will undergo in accordance with Marine Administrative Message 709/12. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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Camp Pendleton -- As of Jan. 1, Marines and sailors found to have a blood alcohol content of .01 percent or higher during regular working hours will be subject to counsel, and treatment and those with a BAC of .04 percent or higher will undergo a fit-for-duty assessment and further corrective action.

Marine Administrative Message 709/12 provides guidelines for the Alcohol Screening Program, an initiative focused on preventing alcohol abuse.

“It’s important to get back to the basics and remind Marines that alcohol is not something that we use on a daily basis, and it’s inappropriate to come to work under the influence,” said Sgt. Tamara Kimbell, the assistant substance abuse control officer for Headquarters and Support Battalion here.

According to the MARADMIN, Marines and sailors may receive random breathalyzer tests semi-annually, similar to the  urinalysis screenings conducted as a part of the Marine Corps’ zero tolerance policy on drug use.

“There are more Marines getting into trouble for alcohol related incidences at the barracks as well as domestic violence issues due to alcohol,” Kimbell said.

Kimbell said the Marines and sailors found to be dealing with alcohol abuse and dependency will be referred to a Substance Abuse Counseling Center to receive education and prevention services like Prime for Life and outpatient treatment.

Although the ASP is meant to be a deterrent, commands retain the ability to render additional administrative reprimand to alcohol abusers like a non-recommendation for promotion and/or a non-judicial punishment.

For additional information about the ASP, contact a unit SACO or visit the Marine Corps Community Services website.


1 Comments


  • Dale R. Suiter 1 years 224 days ago
    Chesty has to rolling over. What a mess the Corps has become. Policlical correctness instead of killing the nation's enemy. Put Marines back in command and get rid of the lawyers and libs.

    Dale R. Suiter
    USMC 66-70

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