Written by Thomas Goering, NCCM USN(RET)
Published: November 17, 2011
Updated: February 12, 2019
The Navy’s drug abuse policy is crystal clear – zero tolerance. Sailors that unlawfully use, possess, promote, manufacture, or distribute drugs and/or drug paraphernalia shall be disciplined, as appropriate, and kicked to the curb; normally, with loss of all benefits, including the GI Bill and other Veteran’s Administration benefits. No second chances. No waivers.
The Navy’s policy includes the use/misuse, possession, promotion of all substances recognized as illegal by the federal government and the controlled substance analogues (synthetic/designer drugs), natural substances (e.g., fungi, excretions), chemicals (e.g., chemicals wrongfully used as inhalants), propellants and/or prescribed or over-the-counter drugs or pharmaceutical compound with the intent to induce intoxication, excitement, or stupefaction of the central nervous system – Products that contain synthetic cannabinoid compounds, such as Spice, Genie, Blaze, Dream, Ex-Ses, Spark, Fusion, Dark Knight, Yukatan Fire, and K2. Natural substances such as salvia divinorum and mushrooms. Common items abused by inhaling or huffing, such as dust off, glue, paint thinner and gasoline. Over-the-counter products such as Robitussin and Coricidin HBP.
If you are thinking about joining the Navy, you must understand that this is not a joke – think about it, if you get kicked out for drugs, more than likely your parents won’t want you living in their house (make sure you ask before you join, “hey, Mom and Dad, if I get kicked out of the military for drugs, can I have my old room back? I suggest you stand at more than arms length when you ask), employers won’t hire you, and you won’t even get an unemployment check – your best hope is that somebody left a semi-intact refrigerator box laying around you can live in. Then in a couple of years the box will wear out and you’ll be hungry and cold, you will go to your local recruiting station or come on to sites like this one and ask how you can get back in, and how you shouldn’t be penalized for life because of one stupid mistake, and how you’ll never let it happen again, blah blah blah. Pitiful. Move along.
The crap ain’t worth it. You’ve been warned.
Update (March 12, 2012): The Navy now tests for designer drugs – NAVADMIN 082/12 IMPLEMENTATION OF URINALYSIS TESTING FOR SYNTHETIC COMPOUNDS
Update (April 20, 2012): The Navy has added more drugs to the testing program – NAVADMIN 130/12 NOTIFICATION OF DRUG TESTING PROGRAM REVISION – ADDITIONAL CONTROLLED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
Update (December 30, 2013): NAVADMIN 334/13 this NAVADMIN announces navy drug screening labs (NDSL) will add synthetic cannabinoids (SC), also referred to as “spice”, “K-2”, or “herbal incense”, to the standard testing panel for urinalysis samples submitted for testing.