Running Head: INCIDENT OF STRESS IN THE WORKPLACE
Monica Elaine Strong
University Maryland Universities College
11 May 2011
In the eighteen years of my professional career as a military member, I have been
involved in a wide variety of incident of stress; from frequent family relocations, frequent or
prolonged, deployment and short-notice TAD’s, long and irregular duty hours, and difficulty
sharing home and childcare responsibilities. The last incident I had to privilege of a defusing
was an alcohol related incident. Alcohol, even if consumed in small quantities, can impair your
judgment. The Navy has developed a policy for the "responsible" use of alcohol. The Navy's
policy on alcohol use is "Responsible Use", which leaves it up to the Sailor whether he/she will
consume alcohol or not. Responsible use means that Sailors are to control themselves when
drinking alcohol. "I was drunk" is not a valid excuse for arriving late for duty, violent acts
committed under the influence, acts of sexual harassment or violence, and other incidents
resulting in personal injury or property damage.
The USS Spruance’s port visit to Toulon, France had a number of serious incidents
involving alcohol. According to a brief prepared by the Executive Officer, there were a total of
five instances of sailors being heavily intoxicated in which to include one of my junior sailors.
As the Leading Petty Officer of Postal Division, I had to brief my Executive Officer on a plan of
action to defuse the situation in regards to my junior sailor. The first step I was task to counsel
my junior sailor on the related alcohol incident. An alcohol incident is an offense, punishable
under the UCMJ or civilian laws, committed by a member, to which, the judgment of the
member's CO, the offender's consumption of alcohol was a contributing factor. Even if the
Sailor succeeds in getting criminal charges reduced...