18-year-olds on path to more rights

18-year-olds on path to more rights

There are 15 comments on the Omaha World-Herald story from Jan 28, 2010, titled 18-year-olds on path to more rights. In it, Omaha World-Herald reports that:

At 18, Devin Hill is old enough to join the Nebraska National Guard and put his life on the line in Afghanistan.

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Oh Please

United States

#1 Jan 28, 2010
And I was married at 18, but couldn't purchase alcohol, vote, purchase anything. It was a good thing! Look at the presidential election. Kids and I mean kids voting for "hope and change" well here we are...... The bar should be raised back to 21!
Sarge

Rock Island, IL

#2 Jan 28, 2010
This Country should have a 2 yr mandatory Military Service for Male 18 yr olds. Even if it is just National Guard service. Perhaps they would have a better understanding of what America is all about and be more informed Voters.
Elvis

Lincoln, NE

#3 Jan 28, 2010
I think the driving age should be 21, not 16.

Thank you, thank you very much!
meatworker

Phoenix, AZ

#4 Jan 28, 2010
Elvis: drive at 18. Sarge: put males and females in some area of service such as cooking, maintaining facilities, help in hospitals,etc., all for 2 year period. Give all some period of time over seas so they can see how lucky they are to live in this country of ours. Thank you both for sensible comments.
Crazy Eye

Nebraska City, NE

#5 Jan 28, 2010
and 35 to vote...
concerned

Oklahoma City, OK

#6 Jan 30, 2010
A couple of things: I have a hard time with mandatory service. I wear a uniform because I volunteered. The quality of our military depends on this willingness to serve. I do not want to go into battle with someone who was forced to be there. The military can offer many benefits to our youth if they choose to serve but I don't want my organization used as a training grounds to do this mission. We have enough to do. Also Sarge, I assumed you served but I am troubled by your wording, just National Guard? I have server over 2 years of my life in a combat zone and will do it again in the next year, for another year. Please don't discount my service of choice. That time doesn't include my duty to our state in time of need, earning a college degree, assisting another state in there time of need and working full time. I am also required to maintain the same standard as an active duty Soldier. I am not "just" in the National Guard, I am a Soldier. I assume your wording was not intended to be derogatory but it has allowed me to express my opinion. Cheers!
concerned

Oklahoma City, OK

#7 Jan 30, 2010
Forgot something, mandatory service is a bit of a ridiculous for our country at this time. We don't have the resources, funding, or need for everyone to serve. The money needed to fund this would be astronomical and unnecessary.
Chunky

Lincoln, NE

#8 Jan 30, 2010
Concerned, would you stop making sense. Nobody makes sense on this site!
concerned

Rogers, AR

#9 Jan 31, 2010
Oh, sorry! I will tone down a bit.:)
Smell Kelly

York, NE

#10 Jan 31, 2010
I just crapped my pants.
Sarge

Rock Island, IL

#11 Jan 31, 2010
concerned wrote:
A couple of things: I have a hard time with mandatory service. I wear a uniform because I volunteered. The quality of our military depends on this willingness to serve. I do not want to go into battle with someone who was forced to be there. The military can offer many benefits to our youth if they choose to serve but I don't want my organization used as a training grounds to do this mission. We have enough to do. Also Sarge, I assumed you served but I am troubled by your wording, just National Guard? I have server over 2 years of my life in a combat zone and will do it again in the next year, for another year. Please don't discount my service of choice. That time doesn't include my duty to our state in time of need, earning a college degree, assisting another state in there time of need and working full time. I am also required to maintain the same standard as an active duty Soldier. I am not "just" in the National Guard, I am a Soldier. I assume your wording was not intended to be derogatory but it has allowed me to express my opinion. Cheers!
#1 - "Where in the hell" did you get the idea that I said the National Guard is not being a Soldier? I said "just National Guard" to differenturate from "active" service, nothing more. If you are Military I would expect a thicker skin!!!!
#2 - I served here and overseas. I was a volunteer who served with draftees. I also was in the Active Reserves.
#3 - Have you been paying attention to what is going on in this Country. The Senate just passed a 1.9 trillion increase in the National Debt Ceiling, and you are worried about a few million to to have a 2 yr mandatory Military Service? Would you rather give that money to the fat cats in the Financial business so they can give their big shots millions of dollars of bonuses, or help protect our Country and give some guidance and training to our young people.
concerned

Lincoln, NE

#12 Jan 31, 2010
Sarge wrote:
<quoted text>
#1 - "Where in the hell" did you get the idea that I said the National Guard is not being a Soldier? I said "just National Guard" to differenturate from "active" service, nothing more. If you are Military I would expect a thicker skin!!!!
#2 - I served here and overseas. I was a volunteer who served with draftees. I also was in the Active Reserves.
#3 - Have you been paying attention to what is going on in this Country. The Senate just passed a 1.9 trillion increase in the National Debt Ceiling, and you are worried about a few million to to have a 2 yr mandatory Military Service? Would you rather give that money to the fat cats in the Financial business so they can give their big shots millions of dollars of bonuses, or help protect our Country and give some guidance and training to our young people.
Sarge, my comment was about your wording, "Even if it is just National Guard service." Also I said, "assume your wording was not intended to be derogatory but it has allowed me to express my opinion." Believe me I have thick skin. But I can see that this forum is not a place for me; it seems like people must wait to see something and then jump on it full force. I was mistaken in thinking that it was a place to discuss issues in a mature fashion. I thought I clearly stated that my assumption was that you didn't think it was any less of a service.

To answer your questions: Yes I have been paying attention but I think it would be more than a few million to have mandatory service. I will mention again that we do not need to increase the service numbers by that much either. The military as a whole is making and exceeding its recruiting goals.

Thank you for your service to this country. My service has lead me to great opportunities. I apologize if my using you post to make a point offended you; it was not my intention.
concerned

Lincoln, NE

#13 Jan 31, 2010
Sarge wrote:
<quoted text>
#1 - "Where in the hell" did you get the idea that I said the National Guard is not being a Soldier? I said "just National Guard" to differenturate from "active" service, nothing more. If you are Military I would expect a thicker skin!!!!
#2 - I served here and overseas. I was a volunteer who served with draftees. I also was in the Active Reserves.
#3 - Have you been paying attention to what is going on in this Country. The Senate just passed a 1.9 trillion increase in the National Debt Ceiling, and you are worried about a few million to to have a 2 yr mandatory Military Service? Would you rather give that money to the fat cats in the Financial business so they can give their big shots millions of dollars of bonuses, or help protect our Country and give some guidance and training to our young people.
Sarge, I looked back over my original post and realized I seemed to direct it towards you than I meant to. So sorry again. Maybe I won't give up on this forum yet. Someone previously mentioned mandatory service in a more public fashion like healthcare. What do you think about that? The only problem I have with mandatory service is that it seems like it compromises freedom in some ways. We would benefit in the end but it just doesn't sell me yet. Interested to hear your thoughts. Later
What

United States

#14 Feb 2, 2010
concerned wrote:
Forgot something, mandatory service is a bit of a ridiculous for our country at this time. We don't have the resources, funding, or need for everyone to serve. The money needed to fund this would be astronomical and unnecessary.
But we have the funds to allow illegal alien border jumpers to serve in OUR military so they can become citizens? I think not!
concerned

Inman, SC

#15 Feb 2, 2010
No one in an illegal status is eligible to join

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