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Soldier Conduct

United States Army Alaska (USARAK) Pamphlet 600-2
28 November 2012
a. Soldier Conduct. You are sworn to uphold the Constitution and you serve the American people. They have a right to expect that you will carry out your duties and conduct yourself properly on and off duty. There are civil laws that pertain to all citizens, Soldiers included. You must, of course, obey these laws.
b. Traffic Regulations/Traffic Violations. You must possess a valid state driver’s license to operate a privately owned vehicle (POV) on post and off post (a military operator's identification card is not a valid license for operating a POV). Some states, including Alaska, require a special license or modifications to a motor vehicle license in order to operate a motorcycle. Check with Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) at or call (907) 269-5551.
(1) Vehicle registration. To operate a motor vehicle on post you are required to have a current vehicle registration, a valid driver’s license, and minimum vehicle insurance IAW Alaska State Law are required for registration.
(2) Speed limits. Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit on USARAK roads is 25 MPH. Speed limits in housing areas and school zones is 15 MPH and speed limits on approved running route roads is 15 MPH during PRT hours. The speed limit when passing troop formations is 10 MPH. Speed limits are strictly enforced by the Military Police.
(3) Playing of loud music that can be heard outside a POV at a distance of 50 feet on USARAK Installations is prohibited and is strictly enforced by the Military Police. Failure to comply may result in citations and suspension of installation driving privileges.
(4) Wear all required restraining devices (lap belts and shoulder belts when so equipped) when riding in any vehicle, on or off duty, on or off post. Failure to do so is a violation of US ARMY policy and state law and may result in suspension of installation driving privileges and may result in a traffic citation and prosecution.
(5) Cell Phones. Using cell phones while operating a POV on any USARAK installation is prohibited to include texting. Soldiers are authorized to use hands-free devices (Bluetooth headsets) while operating a POV.
c. Absent Without Leave. Absence without leave is a serious military offense. If you absent yourself or remain absent from your unit, organization, you may be punished under the UCMJ, Article 86, absence without leave. If you have a personal problem, which requires your absence from duty, seek the advice and assistance of your chain of command.
d. Single Enlisted Soldier Quarters Visitation Policy. All Soldiers that reside in the barracks will follow all policies. Commanders are responsible for good order and discipline in the barracks while still maintaining a high quality of life for those Soldiers living in our barracks. Leadership presence in the barracks is required. Leadership will also visit SMs who reside in government quarters and off-post residences utilizing all policies and procedures for courtesy visits.
e. Personal Weapons Registration and Prohibited Items. All Soldiers and Family members are required to comply with the USARAK Regulation 190-1 which governs the use, transport, and storage of firearms. All Privately Owned Weapons (POW) that are brought onto or stored on a USARAK “post” as defined in USARAK Regulation 190-1, must be registered with the Provost Marshal Office (PMO) or at the main gates.
f. Drugs. It is a violation of both the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and Alaska state law to knowingly possess, use, and, or distribute a controlled substance.
(1) Under AR 635-200 and the UCMJ, Soldiers who wrongfully use controlled substances will be processed for separation and also may be charged under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
(2) USARAK runs an active drug and alcohol abuse program and Soldiers can expect urinalysis testing, unannounced, at least twice a year.
(3) Soldiers who use their vehicles for illegal purposes (for example to transport controlled substances) are potential high-risk drivers. Commanders should consider recommending suspension or revocation of installation driving privileges to the Garrison Commander in such circumstances.
g. Motor Vehicle Laws. It is a violation of Alaska state law, and USARAK regulations to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher.
(1) Open Container Laws. USARAK personnel will not transport or consume alcoholic beverages in the passenger area of a motor vehicle. In accordance with Alaska law, this prohibition applies to the driver and the passengers of a motor vehicle. Personnel will not, consume, or transport open alcoholic containers. An opened alcoholic beverage is defined as a container of alcoholic beverages, in which the seal has been broken. The area of the trunk shall not be considered part of the passenger area. Alcoholic beverages may be transported in the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle in the manufacturer's unopened original container.
(2) Soldiers should be aware that current insurance rates could increase significantly when arrested and convicted of driving while impaired/intoxicated.
h. Hazing, Abuse, and Unprofessional Activities. Adherence to the professional Army ethic and its supporting individual values create an environment conducive to personal and professional growth. Any activity that subjects a Soldier to degradation or results in Soldier abuse will not be tolerated. Examples of unacceptable activities include the slapping or pounding of any award, decoration, or badge, and events such as ”blood wings” or “blood stripe” ceremonies, “cherry” jumper initiations, improperly conducted prop blasts, and hazing of any type. Regardless of the intent behind such activities, they are ultimately destructive to unit cohesion and contrary to good order and discipline.