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October 9, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Drink a beer?

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  • mikiemom
    October 9, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    I know it is f-ing stupid.

  • mommaoftwo
    October 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    I thought they could drink on base, or something. Most military I know were military when the drinking age was 18.

    But I thought I had heard somewhere that it was legal to drink on base if you're active.

  • katzmeow726
    October 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    I agree with you on this.  HOnestly, the difference (mentally) between 18 and 21, in general, is really not all that much.  It just seems stupid.  At 18 they are expected to be adults.  Commit a crime, get an adult punishment.  You can elect leaders, but you can't drink. You can die for your country, but you can't enjoy a beer.  You're considered the age of consent, but not the age to drink? 

    Talk about a mixed message. 

  • butlerro1013
    October 9, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Agreed!

  • EireLass
    October 9, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    At 18, their brain is not finished. They are still very moldable, which makes it very easy for the military to impart what they need on the individuals. They are 'disposable', as typically the 18 year old does not have a famlily (wife, children, responsibilities). They are coming into their peak of strength, testosterone is running high. Most 18 year olds are not responsible. Under the guidance of the military, they don't necessarily have to be responsible, they only have to understand how to follow the rules.

  • eema.gray
    October 9, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Not anymore.  :-(

    When my husband enlisted (1978), he could drink on post but he could not drink liquor or wine and was limited to no more than 2 beers.  If he tried to drink off post or a party in the barracks, he could still be charged with underage drinking.  He now works as a police officer on a military post and wishes the military would return to that sensible policy.  It allowed young soldiers to go out for a drink with their buddies but helped to reduce the amount of alcohol consumed.  The system is not perfect.  My husband has a tattoo on his arm that he has no memory of getting as it happened somewhere in the middle of a 5 day drinking binge while in S. Korea.  But it worked better than prosecuting every 19 year old who wants to go down to the club and hang out with the rest of his squad.

    Quoting mommaoftwo:

    I thought they could drink on base, or something. Most military I know were military when the drinking age was 18.

    But I thought I had heard somewhere that it was legal to drink on base if you're active.


  • Cubanmom84
    October 9, 2012 at 9:57 AM
    Totally agree, old enough to go kill someone in war but you can't sit back afterwards and release some stress by drinking a freaking beer! Yeah forget the fact that killing someone has to be a life changing experience!!! But can't drink?! Stupid!
  • lga1965
    by lga1965
    October 9, 2012 at 10:01 AM

     Usually though, these young guys don't think they will be "giving their lives for their country"...they are "too tough" to get killed and they are too young to worry because they think they are invinceable. And they are too young to safely drink,too,at age 18.

  • aMarieT
    by aMarieT
    October 9, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    at 18 one reaches the age of majority, they can vote and serve their country, and no they cannot legally drink on post. The post is required to follow the local laws.

    but I do agree, if you elect to serve, you should be able to legally drink

  • dsebastian23
    October 9, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Im sorry but I dont want a bunch of 18 year olds running around drunk cause you know damn well the drinking and driving accidents will increase!

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