Not according to Jack Kingston who has legislation that would allow 18-year-old members of the U.S. military to purchase and consume wine and beer while on base.
From the Beaufort, South Carolina’s Gazette:
Purchases of beer and wine at base exchanges and convenience stores still would be prohibited, according to the bill.
Kingston, whose congressional district includes Savannah, believes someone mature enough to fight for the country in a time of war is mature enough to have a beer, said his spokesman, Chris Crawford.
“If we’re asking someone to risk their lives in defense of this country and they’re responsible enough for that, we ought to have enough faith in them to have a beer,” Crawford said. “By restricting it to on-post establishments and not allowing them to purchase alcohol intended to be consumed elsewhere, the bill would not impact local and state regulations. It also keeps the alcohol consumption from getting out of control as they would be in establishments with superior officers.”
The bill doesn’t call for hard liquor being sold to 18 year olds; my guess is to help push it through Congress. Our soldiers fight for our country and, in some cases, die for it; I really believe we should allow them to have a cold one when they so desire.