Based out of North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune, the 2nd United States Marine Corp Division forms the ground combat element of the II Marine Expeditionary Force. Since 1941 this rough and tumble division has focused on attacking enemy fortified positions with immense skill and accuracy.
But these days a new enemy has crept into the picture that even the most skilled of sharpshooters cannot eliminate. “We have a drug problem in the 2d Marine Division,” said the commanding general for the division, Maj. Gen. Francis L. Donovan in a recent press release. “We are changing the way in which we test for illegal substances.”
Up until now, Marines were periodically drug tested for common substances such as THC from marijuana. Mind-altering drugs like LSD were not included in the testing unless there was an incident where the drug might have been suspected. But now, after a rash of incidents involving the hallucinogenic, changes are being made.
The Major General absolutely refuses to publically share any of the details surrounding what lead up to this point, except to say they are now testing to see who’s been dropping acid, incident, or no incident.
The division is working hand-in-hand with the Armed Forces Medical Examiner lab in Dover, Del. Their plan is to continue to conduct “large-quantity random LSD testing.”
In the neighborhood of 4,000 tests have already been conducted since randomly testing for the hallucinogen began this past summer. “This testing led to numerous positive results,” the division said, once again refusing to spill the beans on the numbers. “Consequently, going forward, 2d MARDIV plans to conduct random testing, locally and on a more consistent basis.”
“Zero tolerance is the Marine Corps’ stance, and Marines need to understand that there is no drug that they can take without the means for government detection,” said staff judge advocate for the 2nd Marine Division, Lt. Col. Christian Ruwe.
The punishment for illegal drug use in the Marines is not a slap on the wrist. Marines who test positive for any illegal drug, including LSD, are looking squarely in the eye of nonjudicial punishment, which is highly unlikely, or a dishonorable discharge, time in confinement, or both, which is much more likely to happen.
Last year, a 23-year-old Marine from Camp Lejeune was busted by a county sheriff for trafficking LSD, and just this past June the Naval Criminal Investigative Service revealed how there had been a string of incident’s involving sailors purchasing LSD over the “dark web.”
It’s easy to see how drug abuse of any type would serve as a detriment to the Marine Corp’s mission. Hallucinating in the heat of a fierce battle is never a good idea for the hallucinator or their comrades in arms.
Roughly 4,000 LSD urinalysis tests have been administered thus far, Linfante said. Not to make light of an extremely serious offense that could very well endanger lives, but the numbers are not nearly as significant as one might assume by the Corp’s actions.
Even the Marine Corps Times was turned down when they asked for an exact number and/or at least a ratio of how many 2nd Division Marines have tested positive versus those who have urinated a clean stream.
This much we do know. Out of the thus far 4,000 Marines tested, half of one percent lit up the litmus paper with blinding wattage. Okay. Not as bad as we thought. Knowing at least this much leads us to the calculation of there only being 20 out of the so far tested 4,000 finely tuned warhorses who enjoy tripping their brain’s out.
But now let’s imagine a group of 200 Marines caught in the heavy crossfire of a heavily armed enemy fortification. Odds are, these 200 are battling 500 or more enemy troops. They’re always way out-numbered. Two guys or gals chasing Alice in Wonderland through a field of giant daisies, and probably firing in the wrong direction, is not who they want on their side.
So yeah. It’s actually is big deal, as it should be. But not to worry, the Marines take care of their own. They got this…