Why won't the military age be raised to 21 when we know the teen brain is still developing and the law says teens are children?


Anonymous: The federal and state law that outlaw everyone under 21 from drinking and smoking.

12 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    I joined when I was 17yo. Volunteered for Vietnam after boot-camp and service school.

     In that age range a person has this idea that they'll live forever.

    And it's a bad idea to go into battle if you're thinking you're going to die.


  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Not the same. 18 year old is adult. By British Common law, it was 25. Then, after Prohibition, it was 21 (Congress) & now, post Vietnam War, it's 18.

  • 2 months ago

    I turned 21 in AIT in Ft Sam...  I remember my first beer..

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    You are talking about the draft age, which is a different thing than the age for military service. We no longer have a draft in the US, although young men between the ages of 18 and 26 are still required by federal law to register for the selective service within 30 days of their 18th birthday. Failure to register can result in loss of voting rights, college scholarships, and also make employment difficult. Young men who try to evade this law can also face criminal penalties for doing so.

    Smoking is permissible at the age of 18 in most states. But federal law prohibits anyone under 21 from drinking or purchasing alcoholic beverages. These laws have nothing to do with military service. There is a lot of debate in the scientific community about just how much the brain develops in the late teen years. Even if that weren't true, however, the laws that regulate alcohol consumption and tobacco use were passed decades ago, long before most of what we know about both had been learned. The federal drinking age was raised to 21 over 40 years ago, in fact, because of public pressure following a long string of tragic alcohol related deaths from car accidents across the country. Those accidents, which sometimes killed whole families, were the reason why groups like MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and SAAD (Students Against Drunk Driving) came into existence. It was why they led a grass roots movement and pressured Congress to outlaw drinking by minors. The drinking laws were also the result of increased public awareness of the health hazards that excessive alcohol consumption bring, including liver disease, cancers, and addiction. Alcohol IS A DRUG. It is not separate from drugs.

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  • Ludwig
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Not everybody's brains continue to develop.   This is very obvious.

  • Edna
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    According to the law in the U.S., not ALL "teens" are considered to be children.. In the  U.S., anyone who is at least 18 years old is considered to be an adult.


    If someone who is at least 18 years of age is in military service, that person can drink and smoke in clubs ON the base. Federal and State laws don't  allow him or her to drink or smoke OFF the base or to purchase alcohol or tobacco OFF  the base, not until he or she is at least 21 years old.  

    ON the base, Federal and State laws  don't apply when it comes to drinking and smoking - only military rules and regulations apply. 

  • 2 months ago

    Drinking and smoking is straight up outlawed in some countries..

    And in other countries there is no minimum age to drink or smoke.

    Alcohol and tobacco do NOT define adulthood.

    Military accepts people as young as 17, actually.   They want an age range that is still at a peak, physical conditions, with a mind thats still young enough to train ans discipline.

    There is NO law anywhere that defines teens as children

  • edward
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Because the law also says that 18 year olds are adults and the brain isn’t fully developed till around 25.  By your logic we’d have to enlist people who have already decided on a career and starting families for the army

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Nineteen year olds in the military are in a highly structured, highly supervised environment.   Much more so than the environment of 19 year olds sent off to live virtually unsupervised in a frat house or dorm.

    Please cite any federal or state law that defines all teenagers as children.  You can't because there isn't one.

    ETA:   Where on earth did you get the idea that age restrictions define someone as a child?    So everyone under the age of collecting social security must be a child?   Interesting. 

  • 2 months ago

    Some people it's age 24. To be mature. 

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