You're right, to a certain degree. But the guy below that responded is more right. A soldier makes his decision to enlist long before he's got some DS yelling in his face. Imagine the attrition rate of the armed forces if soldiers didn't have to sign that dotted line until after basic! The other hole in your argument is that 18 year olds SHOULD have financial training for their entire lives---from their parents. Your logic leaves out this vital parental responsiblility. And if you think basic training makes soldiers responsible with money and alcohol, you haven't met any of the guys I know stationed in Germany.To address the military thing, my theory on that, whether I agree or not, is that it all has to do with training. When you reach the age of 25/26+, you start thinking as 14-18 year olds as kids. When you send a kid to war, it sounds horrible. But, if you personally trained with that "kid" for 6 months to a year, you'd probably think he was a man now.
When we send our kids to war, rest assured they're trained. Look at it from this aspect: If you have kids that are about 15ish...chances are you've probably worked with them on driving and even let them drive a little. Now, switch gears and imagine some other random 15 year old driving...terrifying isn't it?
My point is that the goverment can train kids to fight and kill but not to drink and gamble. Therefore, the theory is that there is a big difference between a government trained 18-19 year old and a 21 year old random "kid."
All that said, I say to each their own and you deal with whatever comes of it...be it bad or good. So, sure, drop the age to 18...the more rookies at a poker table, the more money I come home with :)
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