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Saturday, 17 May 2008

Drugs in the army - soldiers dismissed in batches

And these are just a few recent cases involving Scottish regiments (I expect that the situation is much the same in English, Welsh and Northern Irish contingents):

Date: 17 May 2008
Regiment: Royal Regiment of Scotland
Battalion: Black Watch
Location: Fort George (near Inverness)
Number who failed tests for illlegal drugs : 10
Specific drugs idenntified: not mentioned (*)

Date: 13 Nov 2007
Regiment: Royal Regiment of Scotland
Battalion: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Location: following return from Cancun (Mexico) after participating in exercises in Belize
Number who failed tests for illlegal drugs : 17
Specific drugs idenntified: reportedly heroin and cocaine (unconfirmed by Army)

Date: 22 Mar 2007
Regiment: Royal Regiment of Scotland
Battalion: Royal Highland Fusiliers
Location: Glencorse (near Penicuik, Midlothian)
Number who failed tests for illlegal drugs : 20
Specific drugs idenntified: cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis (plus others?)

Date: 22 Feb 2007
Regiment: Royal Regiment of Scotland
Battalion: Royal Scots Borderers
Location: Dreghorn Barracks (Edinburgh)
Number who failed tests for illlegal drugs : 10
Specific drugs idenntified: not mentioned

As is mentioned by an Army spokesman in one of the reports, recruitment is conducted in mainly urban areas throughout the country and the drug problems within the Army are a reflection of those within British society as a whole. Sad, but realistic, unfortunately.

(*) There's a fuller report about the latest incident here.

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