Military revamps Okinawa liberty regulations

The late evening curfew has been rescinded for many service members in Okinawa, but the restrictions on off-base alcohol consumption remains in effect.

That’s the essence of the new rules for all military personnel on Okinawa who’ve been living with an 11 p.m. ~ 5 a.m. curfew, plus a ban on off-base drinking, since an incident last October when two sailors allegedly raped an Okinawa girl.  Lt. Gen. Kenneth J. Glueck, commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force, and Maj. Gen. Peter J. Talleri, commanding general of Marine Corps Installations Pacific, revised liberty regulations Feb. 15th in conjunction with new guidelines established two days earlier by the U.S. Forces Japan commander.

The revised liberty regulations have been implemented to reinforce the positive relationships between the Marine Corps and the local communities in which we live and work, the generals say.  Key aspects of the measures applicable to all uniformed service members assigned to III MEF and MCIPAC while in Japan, whether in a permanent or temporary additional duty status, are:

1. Service members are prohibited from purchasing or consuming alcohol off-base, except in their own off-base residence. 

2. Service members are prohibited from departing military installations or their own off-base residence under the influence of alcohol. Service members with a blood alcohol content of .03% or greater are not authorized off-base liberty.

3. Red liberty card holders are required to have a liberty buddy at all times. Gold liberty card holders with the rank of E-5 and below are required to have a liberty buddy after 7 p.m.

4. Service members must complete designated orientation training prior to being granted off-base leave or liberty in Japan.

5.  All service members E-5 and below and all red liberty card holders are subject to a midnight curfew. 

The liberty regulations that have been implemented are the minimum requirements for service members executing off-base leave or liberty in Japan. Authorized commanders can implement additional liberty restrictions.

The new rules are applicable to Army and Air Force military personnel, too.