Drinking and driving always comes with potential consequences, but for Dyess Airmen, the consequences of receiving a DUI while on base have become more severe.
According to a Dyess news release, Staff Sgt. Andrea Dodd said that the old consequences used to include "one or two stripes taken, losing the ability to drive on base, having to appear in full service dress in front of that person's chain of command, including their commander, receiving the start of an unfavorable information file, being placed onto a control roster, losing the ability to test for promotion, or the ability to be promoted - even if they've already received a line number."
However, the rules have changed.
Staff Sgt. Dodd says the consequences now include “a special court-martial, a bad conduct discharge and a felony conviction that will follow you for the rest of your life and a possibility of six months in jail.”
To read the full release, which includes an interview with an Airemen who received a DUI while on base, go to http://www.dyess.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123358142.