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  •  That's because in Saudi, they are a Theocratic (0+ / 0-)

    Monarchy.

    The EU is different.

    Alcohol related incidents are a big deal. I just talked to a friend that now says that the military is prohibiting members from doing certain kinds of risky sports like riding on Seadus, or other water craft, parachuting, etc.,
    To me, that is a much greater sin than limiting what is essentially older teen's access to alcohol.

    In Europe--unless things have changed, the drinking age is lower, but the driving age is much higher. And in the EU, you have reliable accessible public transportation. That is not necessarily the case in the US.

    If you want to raise the age of enlistment to mirror the age that one is allowed to drink, I certainly wouldn't complain. But lowering the age to drink, esp on military bases here in the states, should not be done without invoking other mitigating factors.

    One would be training on drinking. They already have classes on acoholism, and teach some on the health issues associated with drinking like lack of inhibitions, dehydration, etc.,

    Keep in mind that if someone shows up hungover for work, they are essentially still drunk. Society and the military is a lot less tolerant of that than they used to be. So don't set these kids up for failure. Teenagers and 20 somethings are not known for their awesome skills at saying when.

    •  what happened to the training? In the 70s (0+ / 0-)

      in the Air Force we had "Know When to Say When" posters in the hallwyas, and that was a big part of the BMTS "basic skills" curriculum -- part of the keeping yourself healthy and fit courses, too,
      that we had annual reviews on.

      Did the fuckheaded shitwads who turned the AFA into a seminary also gut training on basic fitness and health maintenance?

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 11:24:24 AM PDT

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      •  Who knows. (0+ / 0-)

        I have difficulties believing that much has changed. Kids are still kids, the military is still the military.

        I am not saying absolutely no, I am just pointing out some logistical problems that arise with expected, overindulgence.

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