4 Aug 2010

No quick fix to drinking by troops - army

6:15 am on 4 August 2010

The army says says there is no quick solution to the problem of soldiers drinking.

Figures obtained under the Official Information Act show 34 soldiers from Linton military base in Manawatu have faced the courts this year, largely on alcohol and driving charges.

Seventy-four Linton soldiers were before the courts last year, an increase from 47 in 2008.

Colonel Howard Duffy, who commands the Second Land Force Group at Linton, says there are 2000 soldiers at the camp and many are from backgrounds where alcohol is openly condoned.

He says the army tries to make sure their behaviour is in keeping with army values, including education in collective and individual responsibility.