The five soldiers were together over the July 4 weekend when they were charged with over the legal alcohol limit, according to John Tomassi, spokesman for the US Army in Europe. The military is investigating the incident, he added.
The entire 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team – which includes around 3,000 troops – has been told they can no longer spend the night off base and alcohol has been banned until that the entire unit be trained in compliance with German drinking and driving laws, Tomassi said. . Training is expected to wrap up this weekend.
The unit, based at Fort Stewart, Georgia, deployed to Germany this winter as part of the U.S. Army’s initiative to reassure U.S. allies in Eastern Europe in the face of Russian invasion from Ukraine. Troops largely worked out of the Grafenwoehr training area.
Brigade leaders took disciplinary action “to ensure that soldiers understood the rules of the host country”, Tomassi said.
Troop consumption of alcohol has been considered a significant problem in the military for years, as it can lead to improper behavior both on and off base.
However, some senior enlisted officials are beginning to suggest the Army should consider whether easing restrictions on alcohol in barracks could mitigate the potential for off-base misconduct, according to an Army official.