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What happens if a soldier takes a drug urinalysis less than

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What happens if a soldier takes a drug urinalysis less than a week from separating, the results are positive, but he has already separated from the military by the time the results are known?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Military Law
Expert:  Allen M., Esq. replied 5 months ago.

Thank you for trusting your question to JA today. I am a licensed attorney with over a decade of law practice and over 20 years of experience in the legal field. I’m happy to be of assistance.

That really depends on what you mean by "separated." There are varying degrees of separation. If you aren't completely done with your military service (for example, if you are going on any terminal leave), you can have that leave revoked, be placed on legal hold from separation and have legal action taken against you.

So, a lot here depends on what status you'll actually be in, when this is discovered and how much the commander actually cares about it.

Even if you are no longer in military status, they could technically have you charged under federal law with possession/use because if you were on a military installation, you are also subject to federal criminal laws. I've not seen this done, but it could be done.

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Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Thank for your answer. To be more specific, soldier had no terminal leave, and received his DD 214. I guess my question rests on the assumption that test results would take longer than a week to be processed.
Expert:  Allen M., Esq. replied 5 months ago.

They usually do take longer than a week to be processed.

If the end date is the actual ETS, then chances are that nothing would be done though it is possible that federal charges could be brought.