Alaska Army Commandor has promised to reward soldiers who don’t get busted for driving drunkenly or refusing drug tests.
According to reports, the US Army soldiers in Alaska were offered an exclusive deal. They would be able to get extra time off if they can go for 90 days without any DUI arrests or failing drug screenings.
Military.com reports that Major General Brian Eifler was the commander of the 11th Airborne Division and offered this new incentive last month in a policy memo. The incentive applies to all companies, artillery batteries, cavalry troops and cavalry units under his command. This means that only 100-200 soldiers in units will qualify for extra time off, provided they can keep out of trouble for three consecutive months.
The division was reactivated earlier this year, uniting about 12,000 soldiers from Alaska’s Fort Wainwright and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson under one flag as part of the Army’s strategy to militarily dominate the Arctic region.
Eifler is the US Army’s commander in Alaska, and has served as such since July 2021. Last year saw the suicide of at least eleven soldiers from Fort Wainwright, Joint Base Elmendorf–Richardson and six others. Six other deaths are being examined as possible self-inflicted. Seven suicides occurred in 2020. An Army Study in 2019 found that Alaskan troops were at risk of suicide due to their isolation, lack of quality life, and increased alcohol intake.
“We’ve got a lot of things going on in the world right now, a lot of things that we’ve got to pay attention to, but this is what’s hurting our soldiers, so we’ve got to figure it out,”Eifler stated this to Anchorage reporters earlier in the year. He added that Alaska’s extreme environment can magnify mental health problems.
According to reports, a soldier stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson was indicted this week by a grand jury on murder and manslaughter in relation to a fiery accident that resulted in the deaths of two Anchorage residents last month. Matthew Davis (23), is accused of causing three crashes in the morning of August 21, after having consumed alcohol at several bars. The first collision resulted in the deaths of an 18-yearold girl and a twenty-year-old male. Davis fled from the site of the second and third crashes, but was stopped after sustaining injuries in the third. According to Davis, he was drunk and had consumed 10-15 drinks.
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