Saturday, September 18, 2010

Several Military Leaders Support Lowering Drinking Age on Bases

It seems like we may have finally reached daybreak on the drinking age issue.  Though many are hesitant to talk about it, several military leaders are endorsing proposal that would allow 18-20 year old servicemembers to drink beer and wine on base.  This would affect all military bases, both foreign and domestic. Currently, most domestic bases set the age at 21 due to a federal law that requires all domestic bases to have the same drinking age as the state the base is in, except for those very close to the Canadian and Mexican borders, who set it at 18 if they choose to.  Of course, many 18-20 year old servicemembers still drink illegally anyway like civilians do, usually off-base which creates more dangerous situations.  Thus, lowering the drinking age on base would likely be safer than the current situation.  This idea certainly deserves a 21-gun salute.

Though this is quite a limited relaxation of the 21 drinking age, the movement to lower the drinking age to 18 across the board has to start somewhere, and we at Twenty-One Debunked fully endorse this idea.  If you are old enough to go to war, you are old enough to go to the bar.  'Nuff said.