Five soldiers failed drug tests at two separate barracks
23 Nov 2015
Five soldiers were positive after drug tests taken in recent weeks in a Dublin barracks and at another barracks in the east of the country. Testing for drugs is carried out every year by special military teams on 10% of the current 9,200 Defence Forces personnel. Independent.ie reports that the five will now be given an opportunity to have an independent assessment carried out on their B samples before the military authorities decide whether further action is taken. Since the testing programme was introduced in 2003, a total of 105 military personnel have tested positive. A total of 18,500 people have undergone the random testing over the past 12 years.
The tests are likely to be carried out at every military barracks across the State on a yearly basis and the teams call in unannounced and select their targeted figures at random. While the results of the tests on the five soldiers have not yet been officially announced, it is understood that cannabis was the drug involved in all five cases. If the B samples also turn out to be positive, the five face three possible options: they can retire, be discharged or face withdrawal of a cadetship.
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