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I am in the National Guard if I fail a Urineanalysis Before Reporting to My Unit will I be Separated?

If a National Guard Soldier fails a Urine analysis before reporting to there official unit will they be separated from the NG? Or will severe consequences other than a discharge take place for someone with a year of service and no civilian or military misconduct?

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Short Answer

You will most likely be separated.


However there is an exception that allows first time offenders below the rank of E-5 to remain in service.  This is rarely used in today’ force but something you need to read about to be well armed with the facts and courses of action you may have.


See Ar 600-85 and AR 635-200.  There may also be local National Guard supplements to these regulations in your state.

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