PNGDF: Nearly All PNGDF Disciplinary Issues Are ‘Alcohol Related’

Strategies to be implemented in 2017 include closing all PNGDF bars at 10pm and limiting the number of alcoholic beverages paid for by the system to only two per person

By Michael Arnold

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, April 03, 2017) – Ninety-nine percent of all disciplinary issues in the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) were alcohol related.

Papua New Guinea Defence Force chief of force preparation, Lieutenant Colonel Siale Diro said this at a presentation at the final day of the Commander’s Conference last Friday.

There have been concerns about alcohol abuse in the PNGDF in recent times, an example of which was the dishonourable discharge of 12 servicemen from the Taurama barracks in the past year due to alcohol-related issues.

Lt-Col Diro highlighted several strategies that will be implemented in 2017 to combat the problem of alcohol abuse in the PNGDF including, closing all PNGDF bars at 10pm, and limiting the number of alcoholic beverages paid for by the system to only two per person.

Other strategies include closing of all PNGDF functions by 6pm and closing of all night functions by 11pm and having the areas cleared by 11.30pm daily.

"Alcohol is not our traditional culture" he said, adding that it was not about stopping alcohol but controlling it.

Lt-Col also challenged all PNGDF senior leadership to lead by example.

"The average recruitment age has come down to 20 years old so most recruits are very young, and if we don’t do something now, it will continue in future generations" he said.

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