Tuesday, 11 April 2017
Department of Defence
Defence Forces Drug Tests
819. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of members of the Defence Forces that have failed or missed the mandatory drug testing in the past five years; the position of each person in each branch of the Defence Forces; and the action that was taken in each instance. [17889/17]
The unique and challenging nature of military service requires that military personnel are free from the presence or influence of any controlled drug or substance. The Defence Forces conduct Compulsory Random Drug Testing (CRDT) of all employees with approximately 10% of Defence Forces personnel tested annually.
The following table shows the number of Defence Forces personnel, Army, Air Corps and Naval Service that have failed or missed the Defence Forces Compulsory Random Drug Testing in the past five years.
|Year||Personnel who missed Mandatory Testing||Positive Post - Confirmation analysis (Failed)|
The military authorities have advised me that the position of members of the Defence Forces who have failed or missed mandatory drug testing cannot be divulged under the provisions of the Data Protection Act. However, the following actions were undertaken in each instance:-
|Action Taken||No of Personnel|
|Discharge By Purchase||23|
|Retained after TDT||4|
|Retained in Service||2|
|Service No Longer Required||14|
|Targeted Drug Testing (TDT) *||5|
* The objective of Targeted Drug Testing (TDT) is to ensure that an individual, who has tested positive for the presence of a controlled drug in a Compulsory Random Drug Test but who conditionally remains in service as a result of a decision of their Formation Commander, is devoid of the presence and/or influence of any controlled drug or substance. TDT involves the individual agreeing to submit to targeted drugs testing, in addition to the random selection process, for a period of up to 18 months.