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Military Drug Testing



Welcome to the Army Substance Abuse Programs´ (ASAP) website. ASAP is responsible for providing guidance and leadership on all non-clinical alcohol and other drug policy issues; developing, establishing, administering, and evaluating non-clinical alcohol and other drug (AOD) abuse prevention, education, and training programs; overseeing the Military, Drug Free Workplace and biochemical testing programs.


Drug Testing Program (Biochemical) Program Description:

The Army Biochemical Testing Program encompasses the Active Army, National Guard and the Army Reserve. The program is a command program, composed of the soldier, the commander, the Unit Prevention Leader (UPL), the Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) staff, the Forensic Toxicology Drug Testing Laboratories (FTDTL), the Medical Review Officer, and the Staff Judge Advocate. The program has three primary goals. First, to deter soldiers from abusing drugs (including illegal drugs and other illicit drugs). Second, as a tool for commanders to assess the security, military fitness, good order and discipline of their commands. Third, to serve as a basis to take appropriate action, adverse or other (including referral for treatment), with a soldier based on a positive test result.


Army Policy:

In accordance with AR 600-85, Army Substance Abuse Program, drug abuse will not be tolerated and there are serious consequences for such misbehavior.

  1. All soldiers, to include ARNG and USAR soldiers ordered to AD, under Title 10, U.S. Code, who are identified as drug abusers, without exception, will-
    1. Be referred to the ASAP counseling center for screening.
    2. Be considered for disciplinary action under the UCMJ, as appropriate.
    3. Be processed for administrative separation in accordance with AR 600-8-24 (for officers and warrant officers) and AR 635-200 (for enlisted personnel).
  2. Discharge for misconduct under AR 600-8-24 or AR 635-200, as appropriate, will be initiated and processed to the separation authority for all soldiers involved in illegal trafficking, distribution, possession, use, or sale of illegal drugs. Soldiers will also be considered for disciplinary action under the UCMJ, consistent with Chapter 6, AR 600-85 and Rule for Courts Martial 306, MCM.
  3. All ARNG and USAR soldiers ordered to AD will be tested for illegal drug abuse at their reception station.
  4. The ingestion of hemp seed oil or products made with hemp seed oil is prohibited.

Photo: Sample BottleTesting Rates:

The minimum testing rate is one random sample per AD soldier per year. To the maximum extent possible, USAR and ARNG test rates will mirror the AD rate. Funds available and the needs of the Army, National Guard and Army Reserve determine the amount of testing. In addition, testing rates are based on threat of drugs available within geographic regions, the command emphasis on the program and regulatory requirements for certain job skills and/or positions.


Smart Testing:

Smart Testing is defined as the process where biochemical testing is conducted in such a manner that it is not predictable to the testing population. Commanders must use an effective reliable random Selection method to identify soldiers for testing. The DOD Drug Testing Program (DTP) software is the Army standard random Selection method.


What is Alcohol Abuse? Any irresponsible use of an alcoholic beverage which leads to misconduct, unacceptable social behavior, or impairment of a person´s individual performance of duty, physical or mental health, financial responsibility, or personal relationships.


What is Drug Abuse? The illegal, wrongful, or improper use of any mood altering substance. This includes the intentional improper use of drugs prescribed by a physician.


Are Steroids Illegal? Army Policy states "The distribution or possession, with the intent to distribute anabolic steroids, is prohibited by

21USC333". Army Penalties for possession of steroids will be in line with state penalties.


Will I get into trouble if I Self Refer to ASAP? If you are using drugs or abusing alcohol, YOU ARE ALREADY IN TROUBLE, you just haven´t been caught yet. You could also cause yourself health problems. If you want to avoid potential long term problems, Self Referral is the way to go.


Can I Test positive for drug use even if I don´t use drugs? NO


Why do I have to be tested, I don´t use drugs? Public Law and DOD directives require all Armed Forces Personnel to be tested for drug use/abuse on a regular basis.


What type of drugs am I tested for? Any illegal or controlled Drug.


Where can I find an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Group? Call the ASAP staff for more information.


How do I find alternative activities to Alcohol Abuse? Contact the ASAP staff for more information.

This page was last updated on 10/4/2016 11:18 AM