A US Army brigade was confined to its base overnight and temporarily banned from consuming alcohol after five of its members were charged with driving scooters under the influence of alcohol in Nuremberg on 4 July, CNN reported.
US Army Europe spokesman John Tomassi said the five soldiers were together on July 4 weekend when they were charged with exceeding the legal alcohol limit in Germany.
“The military is investigating the incident,” Tomassi added.
The entire First Armored Brigade Combat Team of 3,000 soldiers was told they could not leave their base overnight and that alcohol had been banned until the unit is trained to comply with German drinking and driving laws.
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Tomassi maintained that training would most likely be completed this weekend.
The troop unit is based at Fort Stewart, Georgia, and was deployed to Germany as part of the U.S. Army’s plan to secure U.S. allies in Eastern Europe due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Troops largely worked out of the Grafenwoehr training area.
“Brigade leaders have taken disciplinary action to ensure that soldiers understand the rules of the host country,” Tomassi said.
Alcohol use by soldiers is a significant problem in the U.S. military because it can lead to improper behavior on and off base.
However, an army official revealed that some senior servicemen had suggested reducing alcohol restrictions in the barracks to reduce potential misconduct.