DAPMADrug and Alcohol Program Management Activity
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Following the DOD Survey of Health Related Behaviors Among Military Personnel results, which suggests that military members between the ages of 18 and 25 are more likely to binge drink than their civilian counterparts, DAPMA recently graduated its first 20 prevention specialists.
CDR Maureen Alexander, DAPMA San Diego's officer-in-charge, said the students learned that a military alcohol and drug program is effective only if it's reinforced in the environment around the member.
Holdeman said DAPMA has submitted a radical plan for CPS to replace the programs it currently teaches, such as the Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Leaders courses, by FY07.
"If approved, CPS will be the course, and the prevention specialists will then be able to go out and teach the courses DAPMA previously taught," said Holdeman, who is also a clinical psychologist.
Commands located west of the Mississippi River and assigned to Pacific Fleet can reach DAPMA San Diego at DSN 522-4964.