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Drink a beer?

by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 9:37 AM
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mommaoftwo
by Bronze Member on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:06 AM

It looks like you had your littlest!  what is her name? When did you have her? ( I am in OFAMM but haven't been around much recently)

Quoting eema.gray:

Not anymore.  :-(

When my husband enlisted (1978), he could drink on post but he could not drink liquor or wine and was limited to no more than 2 beers.  If he tried to drink off post or a party in the barracks, he could still be charged with underage drinking.  He now works as a police officer on a military post and wishes the military would return to that sensible policy.  It allowed young soldiers to go out for a drink with their buddies but helped to reduce the amount of alcohol consumed.  The system is not perfect.  My husband has a tattoo on his arm that he has no memory of getting as it happened somewhere in the middle of a 5 day drinking binge while in S. Korea.  But it worked better than prosecuting every 19 year old who wants to go down to the club and hang out with the rest of his squad.

Quoting mommaoftwo:

I thought they could drink on base, or something. Most military I know were military when the drinking age was 18.

But I thought I had heard somewhere that it was legal to drink on base if you're active.



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singlemom1208
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:07 AM
I know. I agree
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eema.gray
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:08 AM

She's almost 7 months now and if she was any chubbier, she would probably pop right out of her skin, LOL.  Miss Lilit Ufura Gray.  :-)

Quoting mommaoftwo:

It looks like you had your littlest!  what is her name? When did you have her? ( I am in OFAMM but haven't been around much recently)

Quoting eema.gray:

Not anymore.  :-(

When my husband enlisted (1978), he could drink on post but he could not drink liquor or wine and was limited to no more than 2 beers.  If he tried to drink off post or a party in the barracks, he could still be charged with underage drinking.  He now works as a police officer on a military post and wishes the military would return to that sensible policy.  It allowed young soldiers to go out for a drink with their buddies but helped to reduce the amount of alcohol consumed.  The system is not perfect.  My husband has a tattoo on his arm that he has no memory of getting as it happened somewhere in the middle of a 5 day drinking binge while in S. Korea.  But it worked better than prosecuting every 19 year old who wants to go down to the club and hang out with the rest of his squad.

Quoting mommaoftwo:

I thought they could drink on base, or something. Most military I know were military when the drinking age was 18.

But I thought I had heard somewhere that it was legal to drink on base if you're active.




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mommaoftwo
by Bronze Member on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:10 AM

congratulations!!

Quoting eema.gray:

She's almost 7 months now and if she was any chubbier, she would probably pop right out of her skin, LOL.  Miss Lilit Ufura Gray.  :-)

Quoting mommaoftwo:

It looks like you had your littlest!  what is her name? When did you have her? ( I am in OFAMM but haven't been around much recently)

Quoting eema.gray:

Not anymore.  :-(

When my husband enlisted (1978), he could drink on post but he could not drink liquor or wine and was limited to no more than 2 beers.  If he tried to drink off post or a party in the barracks, he could still be charged with underage drinking.  He now works as a police officer on a military post and wishes the military would return to that sensible policy.  It allowed young soldiers to go out for a drink with their buddies but helped to reduce the amount of alcohol consumed.  The system is not perfect.  My husband has a tattoo on his arm that he has no memory of getting as it happened somewhere in the middle of a 5 day drinking binge while in S. Korea.  But it worked better than prosecuting every 19 year old who wants to go down to the club and hang out with the rest of his squad.

Quoting mommaoftwo:

I thought they could drink on base, or something. Most military I know were military when the drinking age was 18.

But I thought I had heard somewhere that it was legal to drink on base if you're active.





Mommy of FIVE!!!



Tara~12.16.03  Zachary~5.17.05  Rowan~1.17.09  Willow~8/10/11 Baby~ EDA 1/27/13

3gr8tKids
by Bronze Member on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:11 AM
I agree. I let my daughter drinkk in the house when she enlisted. And pretty much told her if your old enough to go to war youre old enough to have glass of wine.

She rarely did but appreciate the thoughts behind the remark.
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la_bella_vita
by Bella on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:17 AM

 I agree

katzmeow726
by Platinum Member on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Then they should not be charged as adults
they should not be considered the age of consent
They should not be voting
They should not be allowed to enter in to any contract, including military.

 

Quoting EireLass:

At 18, their brain is not finished. They are still very moldable, which makes it very easy for the military to impart what they need on the individuals. They are 'disposable', as typically the 18 year old does not have a famlily (wife, children, responsibilities). They are coming into their peak of strength, testosterone is running high. Most 18 year olds are not responsible. Under the guidance of the military, they don't necessarily have to be responsible, they only have to understand how to follow the rules.


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illegallyblonde
by Lawyerupbeeches on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:22 AM
Back in the day, states decided the drinking age. In some states it was 18 it really varied depending on the states. Then the federal gov decided one day that it would be a good idea for all states to have the same limit and age 21 was chosen. If states didn't change the age then federal money was withheld. All states complied rather quickly. Why 21? Some argue its because of brain development, others argue at 21 a person is more likely to be responsible. For me, its just an arbitrary number someone in Congress came up with. I agree though, if you can vote and enlist at 18 you should be able to have a beer.
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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:23 AM
Some bases have that rule... I know Okinawa does in Japan. Camp Pendleton does in CA as well.

Quoting mommaoftwo:

I thought they could drink on base, or something. Most military I know were military when the drinking age was 18.

But I thought I had heard somewhere that it was legal to drink on base if you're active.

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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:31 AM
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That's wrong.

Back in 2007 the Marine Corps changed rules and allowed Marines (age 18 and up) to drink on base. They also allow the Marines to drink at overseas stations if the laws there dictate the drinking age under 21...

We lived on Camp Pendleton when the rules changed and I can tell you Marines drink responsibly and there wasn't a rise in car accidents or fights or any other criminal behavior. Nothing changed except an 18 year old Marine can now have a beer with his comrades.


Quoting aMarieT:

at 18 one reaches the age of majority, they can vote and serve their country, and no they cannot legally drink on post. The post is required to follow the local laws.

but I do agree, if you elect to serve, you should be able to legally drink

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