UpSheRises
How is someone old enough to decide they'd give their life to defend their counrty but not old enough to...
October 9, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Drink a beer?

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  • mommybug77
    October 9, 2012 at 10:35 PM
    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.


    I was active duty in 96. If you weren't 21 you couldn't buy it at base nor drink.
  • mommybug77
    October 9, 2012 at 10:39 PM
    Quoting eema.gray:


    now when I was in Germany you could drink off base at the bars or club. You couldn't buy it on base or get caught drinking on base under 21.
  • canadianmom1974
    October 10, 2012 at 12:37 AM
    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.
  • turtle68
    October 10, 2012 at 12:54 AM

     18 is considered an adult here....drinking age and everything else involved with being an adult.

  • Mommy_of_Riley
    Jes
    October 10, 2012 at 1:48 AM
    THANKS!

    Quoting GotSomeKids:

    I love San Clemente.  It is gorgeous up there.  We were fairly close to Miramar when my father was at MCRD.  Hope you get it!!!!!

    Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

    Awe! That's where we lived for 4 years... Then we were up in San Clemente for 2 more... Now we're in Texas but may end up at Miramar in 2014... :-)



    Quoting GotSomeKids:

    :)


    My father spent a significant amount of time between MCRD and Camp Pendleton.  They actually retired in Oceanside they love it so much.

    Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

    ;-)


    Marine Wife here... Hubby is going on 9 years. I miss Pendleton!






    Quoting GotSomeKids:

    Yep.  Spent many years at Camp Pendleton.  I can attest to that rule.

    Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

    Some bases have that rule... I know Okinawa does in Japan. Camp Pendleton does in CA as well.







    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.




  • EireLass
    October 10, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    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.

    Quoting katzmeow726:

    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. 

    Quoting EireLass:

    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.

    Quoting katzmeow726:

    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.

    Quoting EireLass:

    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.

  • cortneymae12
    October 10, 2012 at 1:42 PM
    Also where I live you have to be 19 to smoke cigarettes