The British Army is introducing a zero-tolerance drugs policy in an effort to ensure “high standards” are maintained, the defence secretary has announced.

Gavin Williamson said the use of drugs was “incompatible” with military service, as he announced there would be no more readmission of former users. Previous rules allowed soldiers sacked for taking illegal drugs to be readmitted if they passed a fresh test.

Mr Williamson said drug taking had “no place” in the UK’s armed forces.

He added a zero-tolerance approach was the “only way” to ensure excellence was “maintained across our world-class military.” (BBC News, 3rd November 2018)

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