What kind of drug testing do they do for the USAF?

Posted by Amelia on December 21, 2022
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    The U.S. Air Force has one of the strictest drug testing policies in all of the military branches. If you want to enlist and be successful, it's important to know what they test for and how often they do so. In this article, we'll tell you everything you need to know about the USAF drug testing procedure: how often they test, what kind of drugs they look for, and even what happens if you fail their tests! So without further ado...

    How often do they test?

    The Air Force is one of the few branches that tests its members randomly, once a year. This means that you could be tested at any time during the year and there is no way to know when it will happen.

    The testing process for joining the Air Force involves three types of tests: pre-entry physical examination (PE), drug test and urinalysis (DUI).

    If you pass all three phases, then you can join as an airman basic.

    How much does it cost to get tested?

    There are a few things to consider when it comes to the cost of drug testing. The first is how much it costs to get tested in the first place, and the second is what happens if you fail the test (and lose your job).

    If you're wondering how much it costs to get tested for drugs in general, there are several factors that affect this:

    • Whether or not you have insurance coverage for medical care;
    • How long ago your last visit was with a doctor;
    • Whether or not any issues were addressed during that visit (such as weight loss or gain);
    • If there were any prescriptions written out for any medications during this time period; etcetera...

    Can you test positive for drugs if you use them off base?

    Drug testing is usually done randomly and in a variety of ways.

    • Randomly: The Air Force can test you at any time, with or without your knowledge. They may choose to do so if they suspect that you have been using drugs, even if there is no reason for them to believe so.
    • After a car accident: If you are involved in an accident while driving on base or off base while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they will test you immediately after the incident occurs. This type of drug testing is mandatory in order for them not only determine whether or not someone was intoxicated but also whether or not he/she should face disciplinary action as well (i.e., court martial).
    • After DUI: If someone gets arrested for drunk driving because he/she was driving under influence and then refuses Breathalyzer test at police station then next step is usually blood test which shows level alcohol content inside body system along with urine sample which shows presence THC (THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol which is active ingredient found mostly marijuana plant)

    Do they test for alcohol?

    Yes, they do test for alcohol. The military uses the same tests as the Department of Transportation (DOT) does for its employees. This means that you can't drink any alcohol within 24 hours before a test and must be at least 21 years old to take one.

    The three types of samples they use are:

    • Blood sample - A drop from your finger will be collected into the tube, which is then sent off to a lab where it will be tested for alcohol content by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). You can also have this done with a cheek swab if you don't want to draw blood.
    • Urine sample - Your urine will be collected into an amber bottle provided by them; it should be kept refrigerated until it arrives at their facility so that there's no chance of contamination or evaporation due to heat exposure during transit time between collection site(s) such as home or work place etcetera...

    The USAF drug testing procedure is a bit different from that of other branches of the armed forces.

    The USAF drug testing procedure is a bit different from that of other branches of the armed forces. For example, the Air Force requires all applicants to submit to a urinalysis test before entering basic training or tech school. This test will be administered at one of three sites depending on where you live:

    • The Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) in your hometown or nearest city
    • A mobile location set up by MEPS at your local military recruiting office
    • Another location designated by MEPS if they can't get there due to distance or other factors (such as inclement weather).


    I hope this article has helped you understand the basics of drug testing for the USAF. If you have any questions about specific substances or situations, please feel free to contact me!

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