Underage Kids or Military Heroes?
by David J. Hanson, Ph.D.
American adults age 18, 19 and 20 can marry, adopt children, serve on juries, enter into binding legal contracts, operate businesses, employ others, go to prison, be executed, obtain abortions, engage in legal games of chance (gamble), hunt with deadly weapons, fly airplanes, drive automobiles and other vehicles, purchase pornography, vote, and risk their lives by serving in the United States military. However, they can’t legally enjoy a drink.
By calling young adults “kids,” many anti-alcohol activists attempt to deny their adulthood and to justify denying them the right to consume alcoholic beverages legally.
Calling adults kids paints them as immature children who can’t be trusted to make good decisions. After all, their brains are “immature and still developing.”
The United States military recognizes 18, 19 and 20-year-olds as the adults they are. Therefore, it grants them great responsibility, including the command of others, the operation of complex and dangerous weapons, and the ability to make major split-second decisions. Persons who are 18, 19 and 20 are clearly adults and the military treats them as such.
But they can’t legally have even a sip of alcohol!