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DUIs increase among troops back from war stationed in Alaska

Fort Richardson soldiers just back from a year in Afghanistan have been getting too many DUIs, so Army leaders are requiring some units to report for duty for 90 minutes at 6:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, said public affairs officer Maj. Matt Gregory.

Gregory wouldn't say how many soldiers in the 3,500-member 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division have been charged with driving under the influence. "It is higher than we would like it to be," he said.

"When a soldier knows he has to come into work the next day, the soldier will not go out and overindulge in any activities," said Gregory.

That's the reason behind the "accountability formations" planned on the weekend mornings, he said.

"You show up, they call your name off the roll, and for 90 minutes they might get a class on DUI or on alcohol."

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