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Military drinking age???

Discussion in 'Military' started by Rangerpeterson, Jul 24, 2009.

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Should Military be allowed to drink at 18?

Poll closed Aug 23, 2009.
  1. Hell yeah!

    132 vote(s)
    68.8%
  2. Nope!

    60 vote(s)
    31.3%
  1. Jul 24, 2009 at 9:41 PM
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    Rangerpeterson

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    So should people who are serving in the military be allowed to drink alcohol when they are 18 or should the wait until they are 21 like everyone else?



    Just wondering???
     
  2. Jul 24, 2009 at 9:46 PM
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    JDMcQ

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    If you are old enough to defend our beloved country than you are old enough to have a drink
     
  3. Jul 24, 2009 at 10:02 PM
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  4. Jul 24, 2009 at 10:03 PM
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  5. Jul 24, 2009 at 10:12 PM
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    there should be no drinking age
     
  6. Jul 24, 2009 at 10:12 PM
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    As a active military member i think that the age should be 18 with restrictions. Such as only on base and no hard Alcohol.
     
  7. Jul 24, 2009 at 10:16 PM
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    Hmmm thats intresting. I know for my brother and sister they could drink at 18 but only 3.2 beer in Colorado. That was about 20 years ago or so.
     
  8. Jul 24, 2009 at 10:18 PM
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    The storys that i have heard from my (salty) LPO's. This was the norm in the early to mid 90's
     
  9. Jul 24, 2009 at 10:19 PM
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    pretty much unanimous, i bet spurrier voted no on this too!!!
     
  10. Jul 24, 2009 at 10:22 PM
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    While I was in we regularly had formal functions (yearly events, reniouns, homecomming from overseas, etc.) and all personel were allowed to drink regaurdless of age.
     
  11. Jul 24, 2009 at 10:29 PM
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    Ive heard of this and it still happens. however not at every function and it is up to the CO
     
  12. Jul 24, 2009 at 10:38 PM
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  13. Jul 24, 2009 at 10:39 PM
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    i'll take the other side with this one.

    you said that those who defend our country are mature enough to fight and therefore mature enough to drink.

    so you're saying that choosing to not join the armed makes one less mature? is fighting for one's country the only yardstick used to judge maturity?

    defending one's country does not resonate with the ability to make better decisions while drinking.

    it sounds like discrimination to me.
     
  14. Jul 24, 2009 at 10:59 PM
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    If you are not up too defending your country.... then yes call that discrimination...
     
  15. Jul 24, 2009 at 11:04 PM
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    No, I am saying that if you are OLD enough to defend your country you are old enough to drink. Not everyone volunteers, but we all of a certain age can (in theory) be called to duty. Granted forced enlistment has not happened in a long time, but it has and could happen.
     
  16. Jul 24, 2009 at 11:07 PM
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    i am 18 and will be attending college in the fall. i am attending college to pursue a career path which i wish to excel in.

    i am "up to" defending my country, but exercised my right to choose another path.

    1. does that make me inmature?
    2. is there anything i can do to demonstrate the maturity that i (as well as others) believe i have to be "old enough to drink" without enlisting?
     
  17. Jul 24, 2009 at 11:11 PM
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    i'm sorry i misinterpreted what you said and ran with it. to clarify, you're saying that the drinking age should be lowered to 18 for everyone regardless of military status.
     
  18. Jul 24, 2009 at 11:16 PM
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    Yes, but unfortunately the culture in America has not fostered the necessary respect for alcohol in younger people that exists in other cultures. Our underage people view it as a taboo and use it as a rebellious tool against those who tell them they cannot do it. Therefore there will be some abuse of alcohol by them. Other countries are less uptight, their kids are brought up around it, having a glass of wine at 14. by the time that they can drink outside the home it is no big deal.
     
  19. Jul 25, 2009 at 12:32 AM
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    I would say yeah, but, the age 21 is somehow determined to be the legal drinking age for whatever reason like maturity or something. Even if you are 18 in the military, that doesn't mean you are "mature" enough to drink.

    Something like that.
     
  20. Jul 25, 2009 at 1:21 AM
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    The reason they make it 21 is bcuz ur brain is still growin/developing and doesnt stop till 21. I recieved a minor consumtion ticket when i was 19 and the judge made me read an article outloud in the courtroom to him and the main point to it was that alcohol can damage it's growth/development.I dont think its a maturity issue bcuz people over 21 are still getting DUIs and if ur drivin drunk i doubt that shows ur mature.
     
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