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Old September 3rd, 2010, 01:54 PM   #1
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They can fight for our country but are too young to legally to drink with their comrades, and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., wants to change that.

Kingston introduced H.R. 4958 in late July. It would allow active-duty service members at least 18 years old to drink beer and wine on military bases, with some restrictions.

Kingston said the troops are making major decisions, so it makes sense to let them have the privilege of enjoying a drink on post.

"They're going to the Middle East to kill people. They're going to be driving tanks. They're going to be flying helicopters. If it's at King's Bay, they're going to be in submarines. Yet we won't let them have a drink when they're on base," Kingston told WSAV-TV. "It's, I think, just counterintuitive, it doesn't make sense, and it's an insult to soldiers."

Several military installations, including Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay and Fort Stewart, the largest Army base east of the Mississippi, are in Kingston's congressional district.

Under the bill, 18 to 20 year-old service members would be able to buy beer and wine on at any post establishment where the alcohol is sold to be consumed, including restaurants, enlisted clubs and recreational facilities.

The law would not allow military personnel under 21 to take the alcohol home for consumption, even if they live on post. It would not apply anywhere outside a military installation.

At least one retired service member is in favor of the plan.

"I don't have no problem with a young man if he's willing to give his life for his country at 18, he ought to be able to have a beer. I mean, to a certain point, let's don't go overboard." said James Deloach, who served in the U.S. Air Force.

Kingston said the military is unofficially supporting the bill. The bill has yet to be scheduled for a hearing before a House committee.
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Old September 3rd, 2010, 02:09 PM   #2
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Old September 3rd, 2010, 02:46 PM   #3
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Old September 3rd, 2010, 02:50 PM   #4
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Agreed! I would add they can take some home as well!
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Old September 3rd, 2010, 03:07 PM   #5
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Old September 3rd, 2010, 03:07 PM   #6
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Old September 3rd, 2010, 03:10 PM   #7
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I must have been lliving under a rock, I thought 18-20yr old military personnel could already have a beer on base even in states where the drinking age was 21.

I agree - should have been done a long time ago.
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Old September 3rd, 2010, 03:39 PM   #8
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I agree. Let them have a beer.
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Old September 3rd, 2010, 04:57 PM   #9
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Been saying the same thing a long time.
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Old September 3rd, 2010, 06:52 PM   #10
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It should be lowered to 18 for everyone.
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Old September 3rd, 2010, 11:08 PM   #11
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It should be lowered to 18 for everyone.
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Old September 5th, 2010, 06:08 PM   #13
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Old September 5th, 2010, 06:49 PM   #14
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Bottoms up boys - agreed.

One thing tho.. Why can't they take it home if they live on base? I assume that over 21 Y/Os are allowed.
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It should be lowered to 18 for everyone.
This was done before and did not work.

I agree that soldiers should have the choice to drink on base. They deserve that.
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Old September 5th, 2010, 07:15 PM   #16
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I'm a vet and i guess I would support the bill, maybe. But, I do have my reservations.

If these young ones want to be in the military and drink at 18, they just need to put in for a deployment oversees. It's only in the States (Alaska and Hawaii too) that you can't even drink on base until 21. Oversees, it don't matter.
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