Defense figures have revealed that more than 40 soldiers, sailors, and airmen were sacked for taking drugs in 2010-11.

Though cannabis was the most popular drug, positive tests for ecstasy, steroids, cocaine, and amphetamines were also returned.

“The rate of positive tests in the Australian Defence Force is significantly lower than in the general Australian community, and has fallen by around 80 per cent since the testing regime was introduced,” a spokesman for Defense Personnel Minister Warren Snowdon said.