Military Drinking Age

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Alcohol Age Restrictions for Military
SOC 120
8 April 2013
Professor Cross

Alcohol Age Restrictions for Military

This is a topic that hits home with me. My father was military and my husband is currently active duty. So, I see and deal with this on a regular basis. To where I see everyone’s point of views on the topic, I hope one day that people put their selves in our service members’ shoes. Turning 18 entails receiving the rights and responsibilities of adulthood to vote, serve on juries, get married, sign contracts, join the military-which includes taking on the responsibilities of life and death-and be prosecuted as adults. Adults from the age of 18 should therefore also be trusted to make decisions about alcohol consumption.

The definition of an adult is: A person who has attained the age of maturity as specified by law. In the USA, that age is 18, and with every American's 18th birthday comes all the rights, privileges and responsibilities of becoming an adult. It includes everything -— the good, the bad and the ugly. Everything that is, except for one small thing: Alcohol consumption. Some legal rights and responsibilities of an 18 year old in America within all 50 states, 18-year-olds can apply for a credit card, legally marry without parental consent, divorce, rent, purchase, sign a binding contract, vote, serve on a jury and serve in the military. If charged with a crime, the 18-year-old is no longer tried in juvenile court; he's tried as an adult. In essence, an 18, 19 and 20-year-old can do everything a 21-year-old can do, except drink alcohol.

I feel strongly about that if you are old enough to go fight for our country, then by all means, you are old enough to drink. The legal age to join the military is 18 years old. Clearly someone along the way thought that was mature enough to go fight for our country. Yet, not old enough to have a beer afterwards. I am a firm believer that the legal age for drinking should be 21 years old....
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