Encourages service members to self-refer for substance abuse. Commanders are not required to initiate separation actions on soldiers who self-refer.
Limits the negative consequences that can be taken against a service member who self-refers and admits drug use or alcohol abuse.
Protects the service member from charges of admitted use and prohibits the use of certain types of urinalysis test results in courts-martial, UCMJ, or for an unfavorable characterization of service. These results are protected evidence.
Is not a “Get out of Jail Free Card” for a unit urinalysis. Once a service member is notified of a urinalysis, it is too late to self-refer for that test.
Does not protect a service member regarding future drug use or possession of drugs.