MilReg AR 600-85 Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of Army regulation AR 600-85?
Army regulation AR 600-85, also known as The Army Substance Abuse Program, establishes policies and procedures for the prevention and treatment of substance abuse within the Army to ensure soldiers maintain a state of readiness.

Who is subject to the provisions of AR 600-85?
All active duty Army personnel, Army National Guard, Army Reserve soldiers, and Department of the Army civilian employees fall under the provisions of AR 600-85.

What are the consequences of violating AR 600-85?
Violations of AR 600-85 may result in disciplinary action, including administrative actions, reassignment, or separation from the Army. The severity of the consequences depends on the nature and extent of the violation.

What substances are considered prohibited by AR 600-85?
AR 600-85 prohibits the use of illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and LSD. It also includes synthetic substances, inappropriate use of prescription medications, and misuse of alcohol.

Does AR 600-85 apply to off-duty substance abuse?
Yes, AR 600-85 covers both on-duty and off-duty substance abuse. The Army takes a proactive approach to prevent substance abuse and promote a healthy lifestyle among its personnel.

Can soldiers seek help for substance abuse without facing disciplinary action?
Yes, the Army recognizes substance abuse as a medical issue. Soldiers seeking help voluntarily for substance abuse may be offered treatment options without facing disciplinary action, provided they have not committed any crimes related to their substance abuse.

How does AR 600-85 prevent substance abuse?
AR 600-85 promotes prevention through education, early intervention, and comprehensive testing programs. It also advocates for the creation of a supportive environment that discourages substance abuse.

What are the consequences for soldiers who test positive for substance abuse?
Soldiers who test positive for substance abuse may face disciplinary actions, referral to a substance abuse treatment program, counseling, and/or rehabilitation depending on the circumstances.

Can soldiers be involuntarily tested for substance abuse under AR 600-85?
Yes, under AR 600-85, soldiers can be subjected to involuntary drug and alcohol testing if there is reasonable suspicion of substance abuse, as well as under certain circumstances during rehabilitation and reintegration programs.

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