We are not surprised that soldiers at Fort Carson have a higher-than-average drinking and driving rate. With the stress of war and the anticipation of being sent overseas again, it’s no wonder that the soldiers want to drink.
However, these soldiers are supposed to be representatives for our country, and therefore should take advantage of the services the military offers to avoid drunken driving, such as cab and shuttle services paid for by the Army. Sometimes it seems that soldiers think they are above the law since they went to war and are part of the military.
In this case, however, it seems that the numbers are high because enforcement of the law is a priority. The Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level allowed for soldiers is .05, compared to .08 for civilians. Also, guards at the Fort Carson base report signs of alcohol to the military police, thus increasing the enforcement.
Maybe the numbers don’t truly reflect a much larger problem among soldiers than among civilians, but that doesn’t mean our soldiers shouldn’t be held to a much higher standard.