US Navy to fight boozing
Drinking has long been a part of Navy culture, but excessive alcohol use by service members has become a health and safety concern. Officials announced yesterday that they will conduct random blood-alcohol tests on US sailors starting next month, as part of Navy Secretary Ray Mabus' 21st Century Sailor and Marine Initiative, an expansive program intended to improve the well-being of sailors and Marines. By May 24, the Navy expects to have hand-held alcohol detection devices available for nearly 2,000 commands. "Deterring irresponsible use of alcohol is essential to the readiness of our fleet and ensuring the health and safety of our service members and units," said Adm. Bill Gortney, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces, in a statement.