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DON'T BLOW ARMY CAREER WITH DRUGS; Shamed soldier's warning.



Byline: By Mark McGivern

A SHAMED Scots soldier has warned other squaddies against the drug abuse that cost him his Army career.

Fusilier Darren Bryce - a dad-of-three - was among 20 men to face the boot from the Army this week after a routine drug test at Glencorse Barracks in Edinburgh.

Bryce, 27, a soldier for eight years, admitted taking a cocktail of drugs at a party immediately before the drug testers swooped to test the Royal Regiment of Scotland The Royal Regiment of Scotland is the senior and only Scottish line infantry regiment of the British Army Infantry. It consists of five regular and two territorial battalions, each formerly an individual regiment (with the exception of the first battalion, which is an amalgamation .

Yesterday, he was awaiting the final paperwork that will seal his fate among the ranks of those dishonourably Adv. 1. dishonourably - in a dishonorable manner or to a dishonorable degree; "his grades were disgracefully low"
discreditably, disgracefully, ignominiously, ingloriously, shamefully, dishonorably
 discharged for taking drugs. Bryce, from Dalry, Ayrshire, said: "It looks like I've blown my career and I'm devastated.

"If anything, I'd like to warn other young soldiers not just to go with the flow when it comes to drugs.

"The only thing they can do if they want to hang on to their careers is to swerve drugs all together."

Bryce, whose urine was found to contain ecstasy, cocaine and cannabis, backed up claims that many soldiers are abusing drugs.

He added: "It's a big problem in the Army, just as it is outside, but people in civilian jobs can get away with it no problem.

"I don't condone the behaviour. I just wish I could be given a second chance."

The Record told this week how former King's Own Scottish Borderers Private Robert McAuley admitted selling thousands of ecstasy pills to fellow soldiers.

The story prompted the outfit's commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Harkness Paul Harkness is a football striker who currently plays for the English Isthmian League Premier Division team Walton and Hersham. Harkness joined Walton and Hersham on a free transfer from Farnborough Town F.C. on February 17, 2005. , to speak of his personal shame at the conduct of his men.

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Date:Mar 24, 2007
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