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Boosting Recruitment

Here's an outside-the-box approach to address the military's recruitment woes:

One Wisconsin lawmaker figures if the U.S. military trusts 19-year-olds with a $10 million tank, then the state should trust them with a beer.

State Rep. Mark Pettis, a Republican who served in the Navy, is pushing a bill that would drop the drinking age to 19 for Wisconsin soldiers - but only if the federal government agrees it will not yank an estimated $50 million a year in highway aid.

Okay, the recruitment problem isn't the stated objective. But I suspect in a number of cases this would be a handy selling point for would-be recruits.


June 6, 2005 10:02 AM


In Ontario, Canada when I was growing up the drinking age was 19. Ontario was unique in that it was the only jurisdiction in North America that had 5 years of high school. The government was trying to change it to 4, but with little success. Now, it should be noted that after 4 years of high school, you end up in college at age 18 and after 5 years you end up in college at 19. I always thought that if they said any college student can drink regardless of age that that would solve their
problem pretty easily.