Kingston discusses bill to lower military drinking age

By Lora Chance - email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Congressman Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) recently introduced H.R. Bill 5958. The bill would allow members of the Armed Forces who are on active duty and at least 18-years-old to purchase and consume beer and wine at certain locations on base.

"If you're 18 years old, you can get married, you can sign a contract, buy a piece of property, you can do just about anything, except buy a beer," said Kingston. "We're telling young people, you can fly a BlackHawk helicopter, you can drive an Abram tank, you can squeeze the trigger on an M4 rifle and kill a fellow human being, but when you go back home to the officer's club or MCO clubs, we're not going to let you make a decision to a beer with your chicken dinner. I think that's ridiculous and it's an insult to the men and women who give us freedom."

The bill would not allow a member of the Armed Forces who is less than 21 years old transport beer or wine off base.

"All it says is, they would have the right to have a drink on post where they have very strict designated driver rules and it's in a controlled environment," Kingston told WTOC. "What it says is, we spent thousands of dollars trusting you, you're the crème of the crème and we think you can drink responsibly."

H.R. Bill 5958 was referred to was referred to the Committee on Armed Services. The bill is co-sponsored by Congressman Gene Taylor (D-Miss.).

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