Biochemical Testing Program Objectives:

  1. Deter Soldiers, including those members on initial entry on active duty after enlistment or appointment, from abusing drugs (including illegal drugs, other illicit substances, and prescribed medication).
  2. Facilitate early identification of alcohol and/or other drug abuse.
  3. Enable commanders to assess the security, military fitness, good order and discipline of their units, and to use information obtained to take appropriate action (e.g., UCMJ, administrative, or other actions, including referral to the ASAP clinic for screening, evaluation, and possible treatment).
  4. Monitor rehabilitation of those who require testing as part of their rehabilitation plan.
  5. Determine the presence of a controlled substance in the urine or alcohol in the blood or breath during inspections.
  6. Collect data on the prevalence of alcohol and/or other drug abuse within the Fort Benning community and the Army.

The forensic toxicology laboratory tests for seven categories of drugs, as authorized by the Department of Defense. Every urine sample is tested for THC, Cocaine, Amphetamines, and Heroine. Tests for the other four drugs are done on a random rotational basis; these drugs include Opiates, Oxycodone, Oxymorphone, and PCP. Tests for Steroids are a probable cause test only.

Fort Benning Policies: Army Substance Abuse Program memo etablishes the commanding general’s guidance and directives to all commanders on Fort Benning in regards to the Army Substance Abuse Program for Alcohol and Drug Prevention Education, urinalysis testing and referral of Soldiers that conduct high risk behaviors.

What Categories are Tested

The forensic toxicology laboratory tests for seven categories of drugs, as authorized by the Department of Defense. Every urine sample is tested for THC, Cocaine, Amphetamines, and Heroine. Tests for the other four drugs are done on a random rotational basis; these drugs include Opiates, Oxycodone, Oxymorphone, and PCP. Tests for Steroids are a probable cause test only.