2 percent of Alabama Guard tests drug positive

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Nearly 2 percent of the Alabama National Guard has tested positive for drugs under an expanded program.

Guard officials say about 6,000 of the Guard's 13,800 soldiers and airmen have been tested so far and nearly 2 percent tested positive, primarily for marijuana. The number is slightly higher than the national figure of 1.5 percent for the nation's active military.

The National Guard Bureau previously encouraged states to test 20 percent of their soldiers and airmen, but now every member is supposed to be tested at some point during the year.

Master Sgt. April Garner said testing everyone can give commanders a complete picture of their units' ability to do missions.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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