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
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.
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.