Military Drinking Age

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The legal drinking age in the United States among other countries in the world is twenty-one years old. Prior to 1984 all personal eighteen and older could purchase and consume alcohol legally. In 1984 President Ronald Raegan signed the national minimum drinking age act. Which prohibited anyone under the age of twenty-one from alcohol. The government enforces this law because it is thought to be the appropriate age as a person transitions into adulthood to be able to handle the responsibility of drinking and buying alcohol. However, before the age of twenty-one teenagers are given the privilege to drive, enlist into the war, and vote. So why are teenagers entrusted to carry on those responsibilities yet not given the same trust to drink and …show more content…
How is it that a young adult just out of high school can sign to put their life on the line for their country but can’t buy alcohol? With enlisting into the military an eighteen year old is basically signing over the next four years of their life and many more years after that if they decide to reenlist. They are trained and given the knowledge and skills that it takes to physically kill a person. Given a gun with the proper knowledge on how to use it and encouraged to point and shoot it at a person if necessary. If you enlist into the military at eighteen years old, automatically it is enforced for one to mature faster into the adult responsibilities that must be taken care of. Especially if one is sent oversees to defend the U.S. If a young adult eighteen to twenty can go overseas and put their lives on the line and to have to experience and witness such gory and indescribable events sometimes leading one to have PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Then the right to legally purchase and consume alcohol is more than deserving. Military people work hard to defend and protect the rights of our country and need to relax with alcohol on occasion. So if you’re old enough to enlist and experience all the duties and hardships of a person in the military you should be rewarded alcohol. Travis Glassman who has a PhD, MPH, and CHES …show more content…
Along with the United States there are only four countries that enforce this law. The other three countries include Indonesia, Mongolia and Palau. Every other country in the world has the legal age limit ranging from eighteen to twenty years old. With a majority having the age of alcohol purchase and consumption being eighteen. The entire world should come together to have the exact same legal drinking age of eighteen years old. One good reason to do this is because it is very common for young adults to take trips to other countries just because they know that they can have a good time and enjoy alcohol while they are

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