A total of 30 Royal regiment of Scotland personnel failed drug tests in the first 10 months of 2019 while 50 tested positive for drugs in 2018.
The table below shows the number of soldiers serving with the battalions which make up the Royal Regiment of Scotland, who have failed Compulsory Drug Tests and the outcomes:
- Please note that these figures are single service estimates and are not official statistics produced by Defence Statistics.
- Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.
- “– “denotes zero or rounded to zero.
- The number of personnel that have not been discharged will reflect that some individuals may not yet have been processed through the discharge or retention process.
Data released by the Ministry of Defence under Freedom of Information laws claims that the drugs included cocaine, cannabis and steroids.
“The substances tested positive for at CDT were Cocaine, Cannabis, MDA, MDMA and Trenbolone.”
The ranks of the soldiers who tested positive for these substances were Private, Lance Corporal, Corporal and Sergeant.
According to the Ministry of Defence response:
“The Army does not tolerate drug abuse within its ranks as it is incompatible with military service and operational effectiveness. Soldiers caught taking drugs can expect to be discharged. The Ministry of Defence uses Compulsory Drug Testing which seeks to reinforce the message that drug use is unacceptable in Service personnel.”