One of Vice President Joe Biden's sons has been discharged from the U.S. Navy after testing positive for cocaine use during random urinalysis. Hunter Biden, a lawyer working at an investment firm, was a direct commission Navy Reserve ensign assigned to a public affairs unit in Virginia. Cocaine use can lead to either a court-martial or nonjudicial punishment followed by administrative separation. It has not been revealed whether he received a general discharge or a more stigmatizing veterans-benefits-forfeiting other-than-honorable discharge. He was commissioned last year at age 42 and "popped positive" on the drug test after only three months. He was discharged last February, a fact that only became known recently. One cannot help but wonder whether he would have received both an age waiver and a waiver for prior drug use had he not been the Vice President's son, or what qualified him for a public affairs billet. Details here and here.
Secretary of the Navy Edward Hidalgo
with Senator Gary Hart (1980)