Truth: A Casualty in the War on Drugs

Consider this article about the discharge of three Australian soldiers following detection of steroids in drugs tests.

Commentators argue taking steroids does not provide a physical edge in combat, and Mr James says, if anything, the cases have uncovered a vain streak among Defence personnel.

There are clear reasons to worry about steroid use in an army. Breach of discipline is one, and roid rage is another, but I would say that only a fool would suggest that the physical recovery effect in a combat theatre doesn't provide an advantage.

Of course, this drugs test policy also allows soldiers an easy exit from deployment, something which I can imagine being pretty attractive option when things get hot. Put it this way, I'd certainly consider it.

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