October 10, 2013 --
Alcohol sales throughout the Marine Corps will soon be restricted according to a memo released recently by Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos.
In accordance with the memo, the policy change supports the Marine Corps’ specific initiatives in the areas of behavior health, sexual assault prevention and response and health promotions.
“Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany’s Marine Corps Exchange will limit the hours as well as the amount of floor space devoted to the sales of alcohol,” Master Sgt. Alejandra Medina, retail chief, Marine Corps Exchange, Marine Corps Community Services, MCLB Albany, said. “The new policy is be implemented no later than November 24.”
The following actions are to be implemented:
* Distilled spirits - or liquor - will be removed from all sites designated as Marine Marts adjacent to barracks.
* Effective Oct. 1, alcoholic beverages will only be sold from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.
* Floor space dedicated to the sale and display of alcohol will be limited to no more than 10 percent of total retail selling floor space available.
* Alcoholic products and displays will be in a consolidated location away from facilities’ main entrances, not normally used by underage patrons.
* In-store marketing of alcoholic beverages will be limited to an area where alcohol is sold.
This new rule will help encourage healthy lifestyles for Marines and their families and help reinforce current alcohol sales limits and alcohol abuse prevention policies, according to the memo.
The policy change is part of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine Program; however, the majority of programs and policies in the program are not new but rather are now being grouped together, according to information in the memo.
For more information about the 21st Century Sailor and Marine Program, visit the website, www.21stcentury.navy.mil/pages/default.aspx.
For more information about the alcohol policy change, call 229-888-6801.