States are ultimately the ones who decide what they're drinking age is in their state. However, thanks to the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984, the states are faced with a 10% reduction in federal transportation funds if their drinking age falls below 21. This legislation was pushed through thanks to mad support from MADD.
It wasn't until 1988 that all 50 states were in compiance.
My DH was 19 when we got married he was in the Marines. At his bachelor party at a local bar the bar tender did serve him alcohol. the owner told him to keep his mouth shut about it. The owner was a former Marine and believed in the old enough to die old enough to buy theory.
Exactly. And not every 18yr old is enlisted in the military. There was a PP who said that her DH used to be able to drink on base (2 beers or something like that) and I'm fine with that. It allows them to drink by also keeps it in check.
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.
I agree that its bullshit and we've allowed our son to drink beer in our home since he graduated boot camp. I wasn't aware Camp Pendleton allowed underaged drinking because his friend was caught drinking in the barracks just last year and she was sentenced to 90 days confinement to quarters except for work and chow, and lost her chance at being promoted again.
Just checked...its only for special events, not every day.
NORTH COUNTY - The Marine Corps has changed its rules on drinking to allow Marines as young as 18 to drink on Camp Pendleton and other Marine bases on special occasions, a decision that has been cheered by some Marines but has upset anti-drinking groups.
Last month, the commandant of the Marine Corps issued changes to the service's drinking regulations that allow Marines who are at least 18 years old to drink on base on occasions designated by commanders, including the popular Marine Corps birthday celebrations held in November and at welcome-home parties after combat deployments.
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.