The Seriousness of Dui and the Army Regulations That Govern It

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Driving while under the influence is a serious charge and there a several different army regulations that govern it. The primary regulation that governs it is article 112 of the uniformed code of military justice. DUI is a very serious offense, but when faced with a DUI while serving in the military, it means the consequences can and usually are much more severe. If someone who is a member of the armed forces finds him or herself facing a Military DUI charge, there are a number of differences regarding a military DUI compared to a civilian DUI charge. The first difference is that when a person is in the military, their case can be tried in a military court. The military has a different criterion for evaluating the state’s legal blood …show more content…

For service members rank, E-7 and above, they may lose rank if punishment is imposed by a general officer, loss of half a month's pay for two months, and 45 days of extra duties and restriction to the garrison. For service members who are Officers, they have no loss of rank, restriction for 30 days, arrest in quarters for 60 days, loss of half of one month's pay for two months. Driving with a BAC of over 0.1, or any level of intoxication sufficient to impair the mental or physical faculties, could be tried at a court-martial. At a court-martial for drunken driving, the maximum punishment a service member could receive is, If a personal injury is caused; dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 18 months. If no injury is involved then; bad-conduct discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and confinement for six months. In 2009, Army Regulation 600-85 was amended to require that Soldiers be initiated for separation if they receive two convictions of DUI during the course of their career or if they are involved in two incidences of alcohol-related misconduct per year.
Intoxicated driving is a serious offense. It puts not only the safety of the driver at risk but the safety of those around him or her at risk as well. It can lead to bodily injury, destruction of property, or even death. It can reduce the effectiveness of the offending party’s unit to