So here's a question sure to drive some opinions from all over. Two beers in a combat zone, should it be allowed or no? I know for me personally, and no I'm not an alcoholic, but after a long day at work or busy day doing stressful tasks, I enjoy coming home and cracking a cold one. When I was in Iraq in 08-09 we were allowed to have two beers at our little JSS while watching the Super Bowl. To me it was a nice chance to kick back and take a load off. My thinking is, with all the cases of PTSD coming up, what if we allowed that decompression each night (provided soldiers are not immediately going out on mission), would it potentially lower the stress levels of soldiers knowing no matter how bad the day is that at the end of it they can crack a cold one and chill out a bit? So, should it be allowed or not?
Posted 7 y ago
Unfortunately, I'm going to say "No" to this one because of the mission and General Order 1A. There is a reason that these orders are published and by law we need to adhere to them and follow them. As a leader I made sure that my command followed these right down tot he letter. When they left for their military leave out of Theater they had a chance to enjoy their beverages of choice. Let's not work around the orders or the rules with exceptions here and there. Let's be uniform and maintain the standards that have set. If the Order gets rescinded for whatever reason and a new one takes place that allows uniformity and new set of rules then we follow that one, but until then, unless something has changes we follow the orders. That is just my opinion as a past leader and Commander.
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