Marines loosen liberty restrictions for some Pacific-based servicemembers
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Just in time for the holidays, the lowest-ranking Marines across Japan, Australia and Hawaii are getting an extra hour of off-base liberty, along with other loosened restrictions.
Evening curfew for those ranked sergeant and below has been revised from midnight to 1 a.m., according to a Nov. 19 memo from Lt. Gen. Eric Smith, commander of III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Forces Japan.
Smith has also relaxed the requirement that those Marines have liberty partners when they leave their bases, unless they intend to consume alcohol.
The new policy is organizing Marines into three tiers — from tier one, which imposes the least restrictions on off-base liberty and alcohol consumption, to tier three, which allows neither off-base liberty nor alcohol consumption on or off-base.
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