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UPL Frequently Asked QuestionsDrug TestingQ. What is the maximum time for specimens in temporary storage?There is no specified time limit that a sample has to reach the testing laboratory and there is no specifiedtime limit on how long the samples can be stored. Our guidance is to send samples to the lab as soon aspossible in order to maintain the integrity and stability of the sample. The most important thing is that thechain of custody appropriately reflects the collection date, time the sample was placed in and removedfrom temporary storage, and ship date to the lab. It is important that the samples remain in temporarystorage under strict chain of custody the entire time they are waiting to be shipped.The Commander needs to understand, however, that the metabolites that are tested for by our labsdegrade over time, especially in extreme temperatures. Therefore, these specimens may all test negativedue to metabolite degradation.Q. What has changed with regard to Unit Sweeps? Why?Unit Inspection (IU) testing, or unit sweeps, can be conducted on any individually identifiable element.Battalion commanders should conduct periodic unit sweeps. The most effective programs use IU testingin addition to and supplementary to a good random drug testing program. IU testing will not be used as ameans of testing a Soldier the commander suspects of abusing drugs but does not have sufficientprobable cause to conduct a PO collection. The battalion commander should ensure that the number ofspecimens collected under the IU test basis is no more than 75 percent of the number of Inspectionrandom (IR) specimens submitted for testing annually.UPL Certification / DeploymentQ. When does the 18 month certification for Unit Prevention Leaders (UPLs) take effect?If a UPL receives their certification after 2 February 2009 (the publication date for AR 600-85), theinstallation ASAP staff can certify that Soldier for up to 18 month before he or she requires recertification.For any UPLs who were current and certified on 14 January 2009, the installation ADCOs are authorizedto extend that Soldiers certification by 6 months, up to the new 18 month period. However, if a Soldier'scertification had lapsed prior to 14 January, his or her certification cannot be extended. This 18 monthcertification period does NOT pertain to Soldier certified via the online program; online certification is validfor 12 months or until the Soldier redeploys to home station.Q. How do I sign-up for online UPL training?UPL online training is only authorized for those Soldiers who are currently deployed. Soldiers canregister for the deployed UPL certification at the following link:Register for UPL Certification.Q. I was certified while I was in garrison, but I am now deployed and my UPL certificationis due to expire, do I have to recertify or will my certification be valid until I redeploy?The UPL certification will expire according on the expiration date listed on the UPL certificate of training.The Solider will have to recertify in order to conduct military collection IAW AR 600-85. Soldiers canregister for the deployed UPL recertification at the following link:Register for UPL Recertification.Q. While deployed, is there a way that we can see if drug test have been received andresults posted?The shortest route to it is to login using the AKO page, enter the page, and click on the link in theGREEN BOX. This tool is to be used by deployed Commanders or their duly appointed representativeacting on the Commander's behalf who submitted urinalysis specimens using a CT base area code. Youmust enter the 6 character Unit Identification Code (UIC) EXACTLY as it appears on the Unit Ledger forthat collection
What are some examples of Smart Testing? Totally Random Program – Randomized frequency (how many times you test per month/week) and periodicity (at what time of the month/day/week you conduct testing). Weekly Testing – Remember that AR 600-85 encourages testing on a weekly basis. Back-to-Back Testing – Some Soldiers believe that if a urinalysis was conducted on Friday, it’s safe for them to abuse drugs over the weekend. An occasional back-to-back test will make them rethink this strategy—and could deter them from abusing over the weekend. Do Not Ask for Volunteers – Being a volunteer is a great thing. However, asking for volunteers to submit samples for drug testing is not a good idea. Soldiers who are abusing drugs are not likely to volunteer to be tested and this may invalidate the test.Pre-CollectionQ. Who conducts a latrine inspection?The UPL conducts a latrine inspection.Q. How many hours notice do you give Soldiers to report for testing?Soldiers should report immediately for testing; however, the Commander may allow selected Soldiers upto two hours to report after notification.Q. Do Observers have to be the same sex as the Soldier providing the sample?Yes, Observers have to be the same sex as the Soldier providing the sample.Q. Who is responsible for ordering the urinalysis test?Although the UPL conducts the urinalysis, only the Commander can order a urinalysis.Q. Who is responsible for ensuring that non-testing personnel do not enter the holdingarea?The Holding Area NCO is responsible.CollectionQ. How frequently should the UPL replace his /her rubber gloves during urinalysistesting?The UPL should replace his/her rubber gloves every two hours, or if and when they become soiled.Q. Can a Soldier provide a specimen if he/she does not have his/her ID card?Yes, but only if the Soldier’s identity can be verified through another acceptable means such as aCommander verification.Q. Is a female Soldier required to provide a specimen if she is menstruating?Yes, she still is required to provide a specimen.Q. Is a female Soldier required to use the female collection cup?No, the use of the female collection cup is optional.Q. When a Soldier enters the latrine, can the Soldier wash his/her hands with soap priorto providing a specimen?No, the Soldier must use water only to wash his/her hands prior to donating a specimen.Q. Can I reuse a specimen bottle?Absolutely NOT! Every Soldier must be given a new, clean specimen bottle – even if the Soldier providesa short sample.Q. Can I use a bottle label if I make edits to it?Yes, if the edits are made in the forensically-correct manner – wrong information lined out, correctinformation entered, dated and initialed.Q. What is the correct amount of specimen needed to conduct drug testing?For normal drug testing, 30 milliliters of urine is required. The requirement for steroid testing is 60milliliters.Q. Who can report suspected adulteration of a sample?The UPL or Observer can report suspected adulteration of a sample.Q. When is a Soldier dismissed from the testing area?After he/she signs the Unit Urinalysis Ledger and retrieves his/her ID from the UPL.Q. Can I have multiple testing codes on the DD Form 2624?No, you cannot have multiple testing codes on the DD Form 2624. You will need to use a separate DDForm 2624 for each test code.Post-CollectionQ. Who is responsible for quality control of specimen bottles in deployed environments?UPLs are responsible for conducting quality control of the specimen bottles collected during theurinalysis, packaging the specimens and shipping them to the Forensic Toxicology Drug TestingLaboratory (FTDTL).Q. What happens if I break the first piece of tamper-evident tape while applying it to thespecimen bottle?A second piece of tape must be applied slightly offset over the original piece of tape, and a Certificate ofCorrection completed to explain the second piece of tape. For more instructions, please see the UPLHandbook.Q. What information must match on the DD Form 2624, Unit Urinalysis Ledger and BottleLabel?Testing date and Soldier’s Social Security NumberQ. Who is responsible for ensuring that there are enough testing supplies to conduct a100% Unit inspection test at any time?The UPL is responsible.Q. Can I use scotch tape to secure the collection box?No, scotch tape does not seal the box sufficiently; therefore, you should use mailing tape.Q. Can specimens be into temporary storage?The UPL may place specimens in temporary storage only if shipment/packaging CANNOT occur thesame day as testing.Q. Which documentation must be included in the packaging of urinalysis testingspecimens? The original DD Form 2624 Certificate of CorrectionQ. What are the approved carriers for shipping specimens? US Postal Service by First Class Mail Hand-carried by surface transportation Military aircraft transportation system US flag commercial air freight air express and air freight providerQ. What document is chain of custody reflected on?The back side of the DD Form 2624 reflects the chain of custody.Q. Where do I find the address of the Forensic Toxicology Drug Testing Laboratory(FTDTL) that I need to send my specimens to?The UPL Handbook or the ACSAP Web site.Q. What is the Limited Use policy?The Limited Use policy was designed to encourage identification through self-referral, in order to facilitatethe rehabilitation of those Soldiers who demonstrate the potential for rehabilitation and retention.PreventionQ. This is my first time as a UPL. What are some tips that I should know when preparingto deliver Substance Abuse Prevention training? Be creative when planning and delivering the training. Change it up! You don’t always have to give lectures. You can have the Soldiers give presentations, conduct discussions, and host guest speakers.Q. What is Warrior Pride?Warrior Pride is an Army-wide Substance Abuse campaign designed to reduce and deter alcohol abuseand drug use among Soldiers. The Pride in Warrior Pride stands for five of the Army Values: Personal Courage Respect Integrity Duty ExcellenceQ. What are the methods to refer Soldiers to ASAP? Self- Referral Command Identification Drug Testing Identification Alcohol Testing Identification Investigation/Apprehension Identification Medical IdentificationBriefings Observer BriefingQ. When does the Observer Briefing take place?Typically, the Observer Briefing occurs prior to the UPL Unit briefing.Q. What happens to the Observer if adulteration is suspected, but not reported by theObserver?If adulteration is suspected by the UPL, the Observer is immediately replaced. The Observer may besubject to UCMJ actions.Q. Who selects the Observer for urinalysis testing?The Commander is responsible for selecting the Observer but can delegate this responsibility to the UPLor 1SG. Commander BriefingQ. When does the Commander Briefing take place?The Commander Briefing occurs prior to the collection process.Q. Can anyone else conduct the Commander Briefing?The Commander can delegate the Commander Briefing to his/her Designated Representative (commonlythe UPL, 1SG, or Holding Area NCO).Q. What happens if the Soldier misses the Commander Briefing?If the Soldier misses the Commander Briefing, the Commander or his/her Designated Representative isrequired to brief the Soldier. Please keep in mind that the Commander Briefing is the legal order toparticipate in the urinalysis test.UPL BriefingQ. When does the UPL Briefing take place?The UPL Briefing occurs after the Commander Briefing.Q. What happens if Soldier provides less than 30 ml of specimen? 1) The bottle label must be removed from the specimen bottle. 2) The Soldier must go back to the latrine with the Observer and dump the contents of the specimen bottle in the latrine in full view of the Observer. 3) The specimen bottle must be rinsed with tap water and crushed. 4) The UPL annotates on the Unit Ledger that the specimen was short on the first attempt. 5) The UPL instructs the Soldier to return to the holding area to drink water or beverages. 6) The collection process begins from the beginning when the Soldier is ready to provide a specimen. The Unit Urinalysis Ledger and the DD Form 2624 entries may be used but a new bottle label must be created.