Ahhhh see....When I was 18 the drinkin' age WAS 18! I figure that my generation was so plumb wild..well we ruined it for the rest to come.P95Carry said:Ex - I see your point and it has much merit - I too would be leary of many young folks toting.
OTOH the problem comes thru the blatent disparity I feel. The major aspect would be - you can fight and die for your country but cannot be permitted to defend your life at home, or take a drink.
It would seem that a raising of age for service would be the better way to balance the books - giving that extra chunk of time for better maturity in many cases.
It's a tricky one - there is logic on both sides of the potential argument.
Nothin' "magic" about the age of 21 or 51 for that matter...except in both cases, especially the latter (lol), there is a greater aggregation of experience with life issues. The 21 one year old guy who dates an 18 year old girl is clearly "in control" of the relationship because he has the greater experience and is more used to multitasking issues. There is clearly a greater confluence of life molding experiences that take place between the age of 18 and 21 for young people who leave the nest for the great big world. College, or the military, whatever....if you're out of the house and out of reach of ready rescue by mom and dad you're dealing with real issues and that has to force maturity. I see it every day.LenS said:Ex, you raise a valid point. . . to which I raise a question. I don't think there is any "magic bullet" of maturity at age 21. I was a very responsible person as a teenager and used to chew out some of my schoolhood associates for their stupid behavior. Some never did grow up at all. Don't have a solution that works for all, but strongly feel that the military must instill some sort of maturity and value judgment in those that pass thru it (I've never served, so this is an assumption on my part).