Rep. Kingston: Military Leaders Support Drinking Age Bill

Gordon Jackson of the Florida Times-Union reports that military leaders support for Rep. Jack Kingston’s bill to lower the drinking age to 18 for enlisted service men and women consuming beer and wine in on-premise drinking establishments:

“Proposed legislation to allow service members under 21 to drink beer and wine at base restaurants and clubs has strong support among military leaders, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., said Friday.

But the military brass are hesitant to publicly express their opinion, said Kingston, who has introduced the bill that would lower the drinking age to 18 at domestic and foreign bases.

‘Unofficially, they agree with us,’ Kingston said. ‘Officially, they are reluctant to speak out.'”

Shelia McNeill, former president of the Navy League, also supported the bill, telling Jackson that enlisted men and women “should not have to sneak around” to drink.

Check out the rest of the story in the Times-Union and let us know what you think in the comments.

3 Responses to “Rep. Kingston: Military Leaders Support Drinking Age Bill”

  1. SamLamb Says:

    I totally understand military leaders being hesitant to speak out in favor of the law because of how it would seem. However, I agree with the law because military should be able to de-stress with a drink. Additionally, by exposing younger generations to what the affects of alcohol are really like and having them experience it themselves, there is a chance (a small chance) of avoiding alcohol abuse in their future.

  2. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with its essential components. I will buy the long-sleeve shirt from Choose Responsibility, if its available, before Novemember to show my support for the organization with a comfortable shirt for the cold. It’s good that Jack Kingston has introduced the bill to lower the drinking age for military members 18-20. Soldiers 18-20 who plan on drinking alcohol should be required to take an alcohol education class before they do. If he includes that solution, the bill will be great.

  3. Ajax the Great Says:

    Why not just require an alcohol education course for all soldiers, regardless of age?