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Drug Testing for Officers

September 23, 1988

Oh, those poor officers being demeaned by having someone watch them urinate. I suppose those enlisted folks deserve it because they aren't held "to a higher standard." Get serious, Col. Summers. I was an enlisted woman in the Navy for 4 1/2 years and I know better than to think officers won't smoke dope even if they aren't tested.

I'm tired of hearing about the "honor of officers." Doesn't he think enlisted personnel ever get insulted when they constantly see one set of rules and living conditions for enlisted and another set for officers? Just the non-fraternization rules alone let the sailors know that they are less acceptable and below officers. That's a great morale booster, isn't it?

Summers forgets on whose shoulders an officer's career rest, the people who work under him or her.

SHEILA M. URLAUB

Rancho California

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