Navy set to begin breathalyzer and drug testing of sailors on duty

POSTED: Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 2:30pm

UPDATED: Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 2:34pm

The Navy is taking major steps to reduce alcohol and drug abuse among sailors.

They're even going to install breathalyzers on every ship.

Sailors and Marines won't have to give up consuming alcohol, but they better not have it in their system when they report for duty.

"Beginning in this year, the navy will expand a pilot program where duty sections reporting to work will take a breathalyzer test," Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus told sailors in Newport News, Virginia on Tuesday.

Another vice coming under assault from the service is tobacco.

Sailors and Marines won't be required to stop smoking, but they will have to pay a little more to support their habit.

Navy exchanges and ship stores will no longer offer discounts.

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