After conducting a careful and thorough review across all the services and commands in Japan on what constitutes an appropriate baseline liberty policy for U.S. military members serving here, the Commander, U.S. Forces, Japan put into effect a revised Liberty Policy for all service men and women in the country. This policy replaces the 29 May 2013 USFJ Liberty Policy.
Effective 9 December 2014, the USFJ Liberty Policy will be revised to include the following measures across Japan:
- Before any military member is granted liberty off-installation, the member must have completed their Service-specific Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Training as well as a Japan Indoctrination Training with added emphasis on Service Core Values within the past 12 months. Commanders will ensure their service members are educated on responsible drinking practices in accordance with the timelines set forth in COMUSJAPAN memorandum, "Responsible Drinking Training," dated 31 July 2014.
- For all military personnel, regardless of rank, off-installation public consumption of alcohol is prohibited between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. daily.
- Military personnel in the ranks of E-5 and below are subject to a curfew between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. daily. During curfew hours, these military members must either be on a U.S. military installation, off the installation in a private residence, in a place of lodging, or in the performance of official duties.
- A "liberty buddy" provision will also continue to be in place for E-5 and below who are in a TDY/TAD, leave, or pass status in Japan, or who are deployed to Japan. No liberty buddy is required for E-5 and below assigned on Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders in Japan or on orders to Japan for 150 days or more as part of a unit deployment. Personnel subject to the liberty buddy program must be accompanied by a liberty buddy from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., if off-installation in Japan.
- Authorized commanders may grant individual, event-by-event exceptions of limited duration to the liberty buddy and curfew provisions for specific circumstances. Grade-based blanket exceptions are not authorized.
Authorized commanders may impose more restrictive provisions or additional measures, as deemed lawful and necessary due to mission requirements.
The policy is narrowly tailored to reinforce standards of conduct and maintain good order and discipline. USFJ placed the highest priority on safeguarding our host nation relations, while maximizing quality of life for service members and their families. At all times, U.S. military members are expected to maintain our high standards of personal and professional conduct as representatives of the U.S. military and the United States.