Naval Academy superintendent recommends dismissing three midshipmen for alleged drug use

Incoming midshipmen participate in the Oath of Office Ceremony, during induction day at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., June 29, 2017.


By RACHAEL PACELLA | The Capital (Tribune News Service) | Published: April 20, 2018

The superintendent of the Naval Academy has recommended dis-enrolling three midshipmen from the school for using illegal drugs, spokesman Cmdr. David McKinney said in a statement Thursday.

The academy announced five students would be disciplined for allegedly using cocaine, mushrooms, ketamine and ecstasy in March. Another four are being disciplined for failing to report the behavior.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service’s investigation into the alleged drug use continues, McKinney said. The investigation has been underway since late November, when two midshipmen reported the alleged drug use.

“Military justice options remain available after the full NCIS investigation has concluded,” he said.

Vice Adm. Ted Carter made the recommendation as part of the administrative disciplinary process, McKinney said. The acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs needs to endorse the decision.

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