I was on Minot AFB in '93 and the underage servicemen could buy and drink beer, but not hard stuff. Though I really don't see the distinction, but whatever. At any rate, the guy I was seeing could have a few beer on base, but not off base.
I'm reading this and in my mind thinking both 'state/country laws' vs 'parental viewpoint'. I alwasy told my kids turning 18 wasn't really a big deal. Legal yes, ready, no. They understood. Neither of them voted when they were 18. Neither of them had sex when they were 18. I know they drank before 18 or 21. I never expected them to act as adults when they were 18. I don't consider a person really becoming a person until they're about 30.
That is the point I was making. Legal doesn't equal responsible, specially with under developed brains...how then can we punish them as adults.
How can we allow 18 to be the age of sexual consent. I think if we are going to keep drinking age at 21 then we should raise all things...let us not half ass the laws right?
All that said, I have no issue with drinking age being 18. My point was is that we expect them to act and behave as adults, without allowing them some of the benefits of adult hood. It is a mixed message.
Legal does not equal responsible. Not sure how old your kids are, or what age range you surround yourself with, or even if you can remember when you and your gang were 18. You'd know legal does not equal responsible. And I agree....voting....just because you can, doesn't mean you should.
Then they should not be charged as adults they should not be considered the age of consent They should not be voting They should not be allowed to enter in to any contract, including military.
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.