I have nothing to back pedal on. Admittedly the process is, apparently, somewhat different to what I’ve seen before is his posting is accurate. Note that I have worked with reputable labs and been prive to bulk tests in similar industries.Welcome to ARRSE, where you can find genuine experts on every subject under the sun. In this case, you've just bumped into @Mr Tweedy
May I introduce you to another fine ARRSE tradition - the reversocycle.
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Let me know when you'll like to start back-pedaling...
This page seems very Good admittedly however a flaw seems to be the constant barrier put up to outside input. Believe it or not. Not everyone is a troll.
Surely a civilian doubting that so many service men are using illegal substances should be refreshing when public image isn’t exactly the army’s strong point at the moment.
So, after some very quick googling:
Irish Army is about 7300
10% tested so around 730
63 found with a problem so just under 10% of the sample
Assuming sample is statistically significant, just under 10% of the total Irish Army takes drugs
Now assuming cultural factors (and CDT results) are the same either side of the Irish Sea...a second Google says that around 21% of the UK population currently take Illegal drugs*.
If all of this data is accurate it suggests that the problem in the armed forces is around 50% of the base population.
Now there are a lot of potential errors here, but I'm struggling to see a significant problem in the armed forces in particular. In fact these data do rather suggest that something (either self selection bias in that druggies are less likely to join) or the risk of getting caught by a CDT is tending to reduce the rate of drug taking. Of course it's possible that the Irish CDT process is rubbish and that 50% of potential offenders are getting through, but I don't see much to support the OPs original statements.
Of course there's a wider question of 'what are the implications of 21% of the population taking drugs?' but that still isn't about an army-specific problem in the way the OP has attempted to cast it.
*British drugs survey 2014: drug use is rising in the UK – but we're not addicted
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It’s actually 8500 + approx 2000 reservists