Friday, March 16, 2012

Navy to Conduct Daily Breathalyzer Tests When Sailors and Marines Report to Work

The Navy has announced it will conduct daily breathalyzer tests on personnel when they report to duty on ships and random tests while on the job in port or elsewhere. This is all part of the Secretary of the Navy's "21st Century Sailor and Marine Initiative"
"A new initiative will include breathalyzer tests when Sailors stationed onboard ships, submarines and at squadrons report for duty and randomly elsewhere to reduce the occurrence of alcohol related incidents that can end careers and sometimes end lives."
See "Secretary of the Navy Announces 21st Century Sailor and Marine Initiative",, March 5, 2012. 

Well  . . . I just don't know what to say about this. Sounds like the Sailors and Marines need "mother" to look after them because they can't be trusted to not show up for work drunk. Certainly Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has better things to do than have his officers running around checking on who had a few drinks the night before. I was astounded and had to check his bio to see if he ever served in the military (if asked I would have said "No"). But . . . here is his bio

So what do Navy personnel think about this news? You can read the "official" reactions of Sailors here in "Sailors React to SECNAV Announcment of 21st Century Sailor and Marine Initiative",, March 5, 2012. If you feel this is a bit of propaganda then you can't be faulted.

Read the reaction of others on this invasion of privacy and lack of trust on the part of the Navy:

 "The Navy goes Nanny State thanks to Secretary Ray Mabus", Blackfive, March 16, 2012.

"Breathalyzers: Another Navy Dept. nail in the coffin of special trust and confidence", Foreign Policy, March 15, 2012.

1 comment:

allric johnson said...

While these actions won't worsen your test results, they won't lower your apparent BAC in a breathalyzer test. i think it is necessary to conduct that type of test. Thank you.