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State Senator: Lower Drinking Age for Military

There are 64 comments on the WLTX Columbia story from Jan 31, 2008, titled State Senator: Lower Drinking Age for Military. In it, WLTX Columbia reports that:

A Greenville lawmaker wants to give members of the armed forces younger than 21 the right to buy alcohol.

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Mil Member

Montgomery, AL

#1 Jan 31, 2008
There are people who are twice my age in the military who shouldn't be drinking. It's all about the maturity level of the consumer.

Since: Jan 07

Columbia, SC

#2 Jan 31, 2008
While I respect the members of the military for their service, it doesn't buy them any special right to come home and drink a beer. There are plenty of other dangerous occupations that persons aged 18-21 perform.
Jimbo

Florence, SC

#3 Jan 31, 2008
I believe any man or woman, serving in the military, willing to die for their country should be able to have a beer or alcoholic drink if they so wish. I believe most people with military experience such as myself, would tell you it is absurd that some golden boy senator or congressman is allowed to have a drink and then tell a soldier that just got back from Iraq, sorry pal but you can't have a beer. Your average military 18 year old has a strong set of core values instilled in him and given the opportunity is going to make a responsible decision regarding alcohol as to not jeopardize his character or career. Carry on!

Since: Sep 07

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#4 Jan 31, 2008
Why just the military? Why not for all? IMO, it was stupid to raise all consumption to 21 in the first place.
kwhittle

Lexington, SC

#5 Jan 31, 2008
I think it is absurb for this Senator to say that these guys should be able to come home and have a beer. If they aren't old enough to drink (21) then they aren't old enough to go to war!!!!!!!!!!
Political Insanity

Columbia, SC

#6 Jan 31, 2008
What we really need to ask ourselves is whether this is really necessary. Is the ingestion of alcohol "really" a morale booster, or is it, in fact, anesthesia for the emotions? If it is the latter, and I would argue that it is, then we are setting people up for becoming alcoholics at an earlier age. The "need" for alcohol is nonexistent, rather it is a desire.
GeorgiaResident

Lake Forest, IL

#7 Jan 31, 2008
I completely agree with the Senator! Our kids are giving their lives for the American public but they aren't allowed the freedoms that so many take for granted??
OMY

Lexington, SC

#8 Jan 31, 2008
They moved the legal drinking age to 21 to save lives on the highways. They want to toughen up the DUI's yet now they want to drop the drinking age for military. I'm confused!!

When I was young the age was 18 and I think that if you are old enough to go off to college, fight in the war, be tried as an adult then you should be able to do what adults do. I also think they should put back poker machines to have more revenue for the state after all they are only for adults too!

“Giving it to you straight”

Since: Dec 07

Columbia, SC

#9 Jan 31, 2008
I am sort of in the middle on this topic. I can see why so many, including the Senator, feel it is only right for soldiers to be able to drink if they choose to. I can't argue with that because these same individuals that are restricted from freedom are the ones that fight for ours day after day. That is totally not fair. On the other hand, if soldiers are wanting alcohol as a way to cope with the stress and everything else associated with their line of duty, they could become alcoholics. No matter what restrictions you put on anyone, "if there's a will, there's certainly a way." They'll get it one way or another.
You know who

Columbia, SC

#10 Jan 31, 2008
It use to be that if you were under 21, that you could buy drinks on base, but once you left out of the gate, you were just like everyone else under 21. Maybe that's a good medium.
pretty transparent

Columbia, SC

#11 Jan 31, 2008
I believe that this is nothing but a way to lure more teenage boys to sign up for the military because there has been a significant drop in enrollment since the war began. I do agree that it is insane that an 18 year old is mature enough to fight in this war and risk their lives, but maybe instead of decreasing the drinking age (by the way, endorsing alcoholism in the ranks) we should increase the age that someone can make the life altering decision to enter the military.
anonymous

Columbia, SC

#12 Jan 31, 2008
who is he to even attempt to make or implement rules for the Military that would affect the US military personnel.
This is an issue best left for key Military Leaders to do.
Nichole

Columbia, SC

#13 Jan 31, 2008
MGideon wrote:
While I respect the members of the military for their service, it doesn't buy them any special right to come home and drink a beer. There are plenty of other dangerous occupations that persons aged 18-21 perform.
Like what??...fighting a war in IRAQ is nothing like working any were is the USA...come on.....let them drink they need something to let out a little steam..
Nichole

Columbia, SC

#14 Jan 31, 2008
kwhittle wrote:
I think it is absurb for this Senator to say that these guys should be able to come home and have a beer. If they aren't old enough to drink (21) then they aren't old enough to go to war!!!!!!!!!!
Thats True!!!!!!...
anonymous

Columbia, SC

#15 Jan 31, 2008
funny, but really does not matter what ever law he passes. He can say they can consume alcohol, however with a stroke of a pen the Command can say no you cannot drink. There went your law that the Commander just changed because unlike you he or she has control over military soldiers assigned to installation.

“Missing my boys :(”

Since: Jan 08

Cayce, SC

#16 Jan 31, 2008
If they want to drink @ 18 in the military, why not transfer to one of the MANY military bases in the world that has a lower drinking age. Why would we allow an 18 year old to drink? Are they trying this as a recruiting technique?(lol)
I do agree with "you know who", perhaps drinking ON BASE would be fine, but to have an 18 year old drinking in a normal place would be a bad idea since the law is 21. It would be confusing, and cause an uproar with normal non-military 18 year olds.(I could see fake military ID makers everywhere) Not to mention, an 18 year old is more likely to have an accident anyway while driving, I think adding legalized alcohol to the mix would be deadly. ON BASE - OK. off base - no way
hello

Montgomery, AL

#17 Jan 31, 2008
Hockey Girl wrote:
If they want to drink @ 18 in the military, why not transfer to one of the MANY military bases in the world that has a lower drinking age. Why would we allow an 18 year old to drink? Are they trying this as a recruiting technique?(lol)
I do agree with "you know who", perhaps drinking ON BASE would be fine, but to have an 18 year old drinking in a normal place would be a bad idea since the law is 21. It would be confusing, and cause an uproar with normal non-military 18 year olds.(I could see fake military ID makers everywhere) Not to mention, an 18 year old is more likely to have an accident anyway while driving, I think adding legalized alcohol to the mix would be deadly. ON BASE - OK. off base - no way
Bases in other countries w/ lower drinking ages still use US law; you must still be 21 to drink. If you get caught drunk, thats your azzzzz
ace

Columbia, SC

#18 Jan 31, 2008
im not surprised, the world is already fucked up
ace

Columbia, SC

#19 Jan 31, 2008
im not surprised, the world is already f****d up.

“Protect our natural resources”

Since: Jul 07

Napa Valley

#20 Jan 31, 2008
Ones I knew drank if they wanted to, even if they wern`t 21. Doesn`t young adults do that now or did I misread the news. Old enough to fight or serve, old enough to have a drink. Hopefully responsibly.

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