The army is reportedly facing its “biggest drug scandal of all time” after 19 soldiers allegedly tested positive for cocaine and cannabis.
A Sun source claims it sent “shock waves” through the armed forces and is “off-scale” compared to other drug offenses.
Soldiers from the 1st Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment were discovered to be using drugs at home and in the barracks, the reports mirrors.
It is believed to be the biggest drug cases to hit the army.
A source said, “This is out of scale, it has sent shock waves through the army. Nineteen in a round of testing is a large number and raises very serious questions.
“Before the lockdown, the regiment was tested every few weeks, but this final round was the first in a long time.”
Officials are said to be “angry” about what happened to boredom, which is believed to be the cause of the scandal.
Most of the soldiers involved are of the private rank, while more than one was reportedly private.
The Sun source indicated that drug use appeared to have become a regular part of soldiers’ lives and was not an isolated incident.
They claimed it was not “an isolated incident” or “a wild night”.
The soldiers were stationed at Alma Lines in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, where soldiers reportedly complained of boredom.
The 1st Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, was formed in 2004 following the restructuring of the army and added the Duke of Wellington’s regiment, that was the regiment of Captain Sir Tom Moore, into its ranks.
The Army has reportedly confirmed that Yorkshire Regiment soldiers failed a mandatory drug test.
It added that substance abuse will not be tolerated and that anyone who uses drugs “can expect to be discharged”.
The Daily Mirror contacted the British Army for comment.
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