US Navy Overlooks Recruits’ Past Cannabis Use To Reduce Boot Camp Dropouts And Recruitment Challenges



The U.S. Navy has implemented a significant change in its boot camp policy, opting to grant waivers to recruits who test positive for cannabis. This shift marks a departure from their previous zero-tolerance approach, reflecting the evolving legal landscape and a concerted effort to address their recruiting challenges.

“If they fail that test and own up, ‘Yes, I smoke marijuana,’ we do an evaluation of the young person to make sure there’s not something else going on,” said Rear Adm. James Waters, the director of the Navy’s military personnel plans and policy division. “But we trust that through the process of boot camp that we have …

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