Navy and Marine Corps Policies on Alcohol

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Navy and Marine Corps Policies on Alcohol

  • MIDN 2/C Broadwater, Z. J.
  • 14 SEP 2006

References And Texts

  • CNETINST 1533.12G “Regulations for the Administration and Management of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC),” 9 August 2002
  • MCO P1700.24B, “Marine Corps Personal Services Manual,” 17 December 2001
  • CNET Official Mail Message #076-02, “Navy’s Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention/Control Program,” 6 May 2002
  • OPNAVINST 5350.4C, “Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention and Control,” 19 April 2000
  • SECNAVINST 5300.29B, “Alcohol Abuse, Drug Abuse and Operating Motor Vehicles,” 16 March 2000
  • Department of Justice Website at:


  • Know the naval policy of “Responsible Use”
  • Know what constitutes alcohol-related misconduct and incidents
  • Know about alcohol abuse treatment opportunities
  • Know alcohol abuse separation policies of the naval service

Naval Policy of “Responsible Use”

  • Personal Decision
  • Abstinence
  • Application of self-imposed limitations
  • Alcohol is not an excuse for misconduct

Underage Drinking


NROTC Midshipmen

  • Midshipmen who incur a serious incident shall be disciplined as appropriate and directed to a Medical/Alcohol Treatment Facility. Appropriate disenrollment action shall be taken and no offer of appointment shall be made to those who refuse to submit to screening.

Alcohol shall not be consumed to the extent that it:

  • Impairs the rational and full exercise of a member’s mental and physical faculties while on duty or in the performance of military duties.
  • Reduces the person’s dependability and reliability.
  • Reflects discredit upon the member personally or upon the naval service.

“Alcohol Incident”

  • Any alcohol-related offense punishable under the UCMJ or civilian authority committed by a member where, in the judgment of the member’s CO, the consumption of alcohol was the primary contributing factor.

Alcohol Consumption On Duty

  • Alcohol Consumption during normal working hours is not condoned
  • Limited Exception: Commanders, Commanding Officers, and OICs may authorize alcohol consumption during official functions, ceremonies, and other infrequent command-sponsored events.

Serious Alcohol-Related Offenses

  • Drunk and disorderly conduct
  • Alcohol-related NJP
  • Alcohol-related civilian arrest
  • Alcohol-related spouse/family abuse
  • Alcohol-related courtesy turnover by patrol, base, or local police
  • Incompetence for duty due to alcohol intoxication

Drinking And Driving

  • Conviction of violation of Article 111, UCMJ
  • Imposition of punishment under Article 15, UCMJ
  • Final adjudication by federal, state, local, or foreign authority
  • Finding of competent authority regardless of punishment
  • Civilian court’s acceptance of a plea bargain to a lesser offense such as reckless driving

Disciplinary Actions

  • Active duty personnel are subject to the UCMJ
  • Informal Counseling
  • Comments on fitness reports and evaluations
  • Administrative separation

Administrative Separation

  • Personnel who incur an alcohol-related incident any time in their careers, after receiving treatment for a previous incident, will be processed for administrative separation.
  • Personnel who incur an alcohol-related incident at any time during the screening or treatment process resulting from a previous incident, will be processed for administrative separation.


  • Members who are alcohol abusers or alcohol dependent shall receive the education, counseling, and rehabilitation needed depending on the severity of their condition.
  • The primary function of treatment programs is to return the abuser to full duty status with a positive, productive, and healthy lifestyle.

Referrals for Alcohol Abuse Programs

  • Command Referral
  • Self Referral
    • Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor
    • CO, OIC, or Executive Officer
    • Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselor
    • DoD Medical Personnel, to include Licensed Independent Practitioner (LIP)
    • Chaplain
    • Family Service Center Counselor

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