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Navy Squadron Executive Officer Temporarily Demoted for DUI While on Duty

By Joseph Low on November 25, 2013

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Drunk driving charges can greatly disrupt an individual’s life in any industry, but facing a DUI (driving under the influence) charge as a member of the military can result in devastating losses, both personally and professionally.

A Navy squadron executive officer was recently removed from his position by the Navy after he was allegedly caught driving under the influence of alcohol while in a vehicle on the Naval Air Station base in North Island, California. The officer’s squadron was undergoing training when the incident occurred.

The former squadron executive officer was temporarily demoted to the Navy’s Atlantic strike fighter wing staff located in Virginia following a disciplinary hearing, or Captain’s Mast.

According to the Uniformed Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol may result in a maximum punishment of dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and even 18 months of confinement in the event that a person suffers an injury. If no one is injured during the incident, the operator of the vehicle may be punished with a bad-conduct discharge, as well as forfeiture of all pay and allowances and confinement for six months.

While the former squadron executive officer’s temporary reduction in rank may seem like a minor punishment; however, the incident can have long-lasting repercussions on a military member’s career. A conviction will stay on a person’s criminal record and influence whether or not the individual can be promoted and advance in his or her career. Any type of reprimand in the military may be considered a “career killer.”

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