29 Apr '16, 8pm

Army ditches weekly random drug tests for soldiers

Army ditches weekly random drug tests for soldiers

The Army is dialing back its drug-testing requirements, effective immediately. (Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto) 1623 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE The Army is doing away with weekly random drug tests in an effort to ease the burden on commanders while still deterring soldiers from using illicit drugs. Every soldier will be tested at least once a year. A new directive from Acting Army Secretary Patrick Murphy calls for commanders at every level to ensure “random urinalysis testing at the rate of 10 percent of assigned end-strength each month.” Before this change, which is effective immediately, Army Regulation 600-85 required battalion-level commanders to randomly select and test 4 percent to 5 percent of the battalion’s end-strength each week. In addition, different companies within that battalion would be detailed each week to conduct the sample collection. “...

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