"The availability of club drugs is absolutely a major source of concern," says Col. Peter Durand, a manager of drug- and alcohol-abuse programs for the Air Force.
Drug testing by the Air Force, Army and Navy indicates that usage is as much as 12 times what it was two years ago, the report said.
Fewer than 1 percent of military personnel have tested positive for use of illegal drugs in recent years, but screening through random urine testing might be failing to detect the extent of Ecstasy usage.
The services are taking several steps to counter Ecstasy use, including a test expected to be unveiled next year that can better detect the substance.
The Air Force, which tests 70 percent of its personnel each year, is increasing random tests and weekend screenings, while the Navy has formed a task force to examine sailors' use of "club drugs," the newspaper said.
The Navy had 238 positive tests in 2000, up from 34 in 1998. In most cases, those who test positive are discharged from the military.
Last year, nearly 500 of the Air Force's 370,000 members either tested positive or admitted to investigators that they used the drug. That compares with 50 who were found to have used Ecstasy in 1998.
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