Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter was discharged from the Navy Reserve this year after testing positive for cocaine, reports the Wall Street Journal. Hunter Biden, a lawyer by training who is now a managing partner at an investment company, had been commissioned as an ensign in the Navy Reserve, a part-time position. After failing a drug test last year, his brief military career ended.
Biden, 44, decided to pursue military service relatively late, beginning the direct-commission process to become a public-affairs officer in the Navy Reserve in 2012. Because of his age—43 when he was to be commissioned—he needed a waiver to join the Navy. He received a second Navy waiver because of a drug-related incident when he was a young man. Military officials say such drug waivers aren't uncommon. Biden said, “I deeply regret and am embarrassed that my actions led to my administrative discharge.”