Posted on Jan 23, 2014
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With the super bowl around the corner how will troops celebrate with alcohol-free beverages?

Leaders should not entertain the idea of 'beer-free pong' games or anything along those lines ANYWHERE...what type of trend are we setting up for our junior-leaders? That's setting them up for failure.

"I'm willing to bet that there are some really ingenious people there who know to make booze with ingredients readily available, and hide a still." (Comment from jimwelsh48 @ Military.com)

"Fort Carson soldiers in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, will get a big Super Bowl party that includes beer-free beer pong.

The twist on the timeless drinking game comes courtesy of the USO and Central Command's decade-old General Order No. 1, which forbids boozing in Middle Eastern nations where alcohol is forbidden. Alcohol is illegal in Kuwait." (Military.com)

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/01/22/super-bowl-party-offers-troops-beer-free-beer-pong.html?comp= [login to see] 004&rank=2
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CPT Mike M.
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When I took command of my old tank company in Iraq I had beer on the day of my change of command.....However, my change of command was on Super Bowl Sunday and the Brigade provided and authorized the drinking of two beers per Soldier for the game.  The really fun part was the accountability of the cans afterward.  It was stricter than turning in dunnage after a range.  Some of our cans got thrown away in the wrong place so my 2nd day in command, first full day, we had to head out to the huge landfill and find our cans to turn in.
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SFC James Baber
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All fun in love and war Sir ;)
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When I was deployed to Afghanistan, they actually had some pretty decent near-beers. Of course, most of them were German beers. Even with alcohol, most mass-market American beer is gnat piss anyway.

Erdinger is great in both regular and nonalcoholic form....... I wouldn't have an issue with *good* non-alcoholic beer in a combat zone.

I damn sure wouldn't be playing beer pong, but I would be relaxing with it.
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SFC James Baber
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SSG P.,


This is nothing new, alcohol has always been forbidden/illegal/outlawed in combat/deployment zones of the post-Vietnam era.


Many units and commands have tried there best to have alternatives for special events and holiday circumstances, this is just another along those lines, there is no derogatory or going down a negative path with this usage, it is a way to give everyone a chance to have fun, enjoy the events and have some downtime not associated with the current deployment away from home depression.


I am surprised by your stance against it, and would be curious as to why you feel this way for something that is attempting to be a stress breaker for the circumstances of the environment.

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I believe that us as leaders need to look at this situation in all angles. We need not conform to what society does, but be advocates and direct reflection of true professionals. Once we glamorize alcohol in any way, we fall short of being true professionals. We can relieve stress in other ways, and instead of eulogizing alcohol instill positive and productive activities that will build better leaders. Once a trend is created it is impossible to rid off.
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