If you’re old enough to enlist in the military, which is currently 18, then, to me, you should be old enough to take part in any legal activity that any other consenting adult may partake. But you’re not. So-called vices are unavailable to you, such as drinking alcohol and smoking. Now with the latest kerfuffle regarding raising the age to purchase a firearm to 21 there is another lawful, and Constitutionally protected right no less, activity that is proposed to be taken away from people we call adults.
If we are to do this why not be consistent and raise the age of consent for everything to 21… Including enlistment in the military. If people don’t have the maturity to educate themselves on firearms as a civilian then they certainly don’t have the maturity to decide to give up their life for their country either.
Here’s a list of things that I would make illegal until a person turns 21:
- Military Enlistment
- Selective Service (Military Draft)
- Drinking Alcohol
- Purchasing Firearms
- Consent to contract
- Consent to have sexual intercourse
- Impregnation (Male and Female)
- Parenting (If a child is impregnated and carries to term that person must give up the child for adoption)
I’m sure there’s lots more I’m missing but I think this is a fair list.