SPICE EPIDEMIC SPREADS AS SAN DIEGO
SAILORS BUSTED AND KICKED OUT OF NAVY
64 IN ALL - "DRUGGIES" CAUGHT ON USS
CARL VINSON, ATTACK SUB SAN FRANCISCO,
AND LANDING DOCK ARCO - SEVEN WOMEN
AMONG THOSE NABBED, INCLUDING COCAINE
USERS - HIGHEST RANKER CAUGHT A PO1
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Throw them all out!
We agree with the Navy's position on drug use. Vice Adm. Gerard Beaman, commander of the 3rd Fleet at San Diego, had it right when he said he has a "zero tolerance" for illicit drug use. According to him, any sailors caught using the junk will be kicked out of the service as fast as the paperwork can be processed.
The latest bad news in the losing battle to stem "Spice" use in the military is the large number of punks on the USS Carl Vinson who've been busted for drug use. A staggering 49 Navy enlisted members - men and women - were nabbed on the aircraft carrier either selling, possessing or using the stuff.
But NCIS didn't just catch sailors from one ship.
Ten sailors on the attack submarine San Francisco were nabbed, as well as six enlisted members - three of them women - allegedly using cocaine and methamphetamine on the floating dry dock Arco.
ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE OFFICERS CAUGHT
The armed forces are reflective of society as a whole, and as our nation's youth turn into a generation of zombies, recruiters sometimes look the other way in signing up new members.
Sources tell MilitaryCorruption.com the Navy alone has booted some 300 sailors since Spice was banned in March, 2010. And those busted included Naval Academy midshipmen, members of the Air Force's Honor Guard at Bolling (see related stories box below) and Army and Marine Corps.
It's a very serious problem and can directly affect a ship's combat effectiveness. The only answer is to hammer these scum into the ground. Publicizing the punishment is a step in the right direction.
But what if Spice use spreads to the officer ranks? We recall one carrier XO a few years back who used heavy-duty drugs to entice young sailors into his bed in San Diego. Will the Navy be so willing to issue a press release then? And will the penalty be a slap on the wrist?