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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 7 years ago

Can they serve a 19 year old alcohol if the are in the marines?

I herd not sure if is true if your under 21 and your a marine army etc and you go to a bar or LIQOUR store they are allow to sell u alcohol ?

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  • 7 years ago
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    No.

    The FEDERAL law says 21, that's what the ATF goes by.

    If you get deployed to a country that has lower age limits, then yes..off base (but don't do something stupid to get up on charges- because they'll throw the book at you).

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  • 7 years ago

    Nope.

    The military follows the law of the state where the base is located (and in the USA, that is 21 all across the board).

    Overseas, they 'usually' also follow the law of the land. If it is legal to buy beer and alcohol off post at 18, then you can buy it on base at 18 and be served in the enlisted clubs. I say 'usually' because overseas a base commander has the flexibility to (and sometimes has) put 'local restrictions' in place and restrict sales to those under 21. The military can also make some establishments 'off limits' for ALL personnel (or certain age groups). That one is usually a losing battle though.

    In Afghanistan for example, if you are in the US military at least, the closest thing you will get to a LEGAL beer is the near-beer. No alcohol allowed in Afghanistan or Kuwait, and the US respects the host country's laws when it comes to alcohol. It does seem funny though I can get 'regular American bacon and ham' at the DFAC. You’d think they'd ban that too!

    So the guidance: whatever the law is where you are based (host nation, state, etc) - that is the policy they will follow on post as well.

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  • ?
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    7 years ago

    No. You are not of legal age. It is against the law for them to sell you alcohol, and, being a minor, it is against the UCMJ for you to consume alcohol.

    It used to be that if a ship pulled into a pot where the drinking age was lower than 21, a Captain could authorize his Sailors and Marines to observe the local law and drink. However, that policy changed in the past five years, and the Navy and Marines enforce a global zero tolerance policy for underage drinking.

    Would just like to reenforce what Balderick said. In a foreign country where the drinking age is lower, you can technically buy alcohol off base at a local establishment. However, you are in violation of several rules when doing so, and if that behavior were to be discovered, you would find yourself in serious trouble.

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  • Teekno
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    Federal law allows domestic base commanders the option of allowing 18+ military personnel to be served alcohol on base if, and only if, the base is within 50 miles of the Mexican or Canadian borders. The idea is to keep droves of military personnel from having quick road trips across the border and getting drunk, then driving back.

    However, it's important to remember that it is up to the base commander. And, remember that distance requirement. If you wind up stationed in Oklahoma, the base commander won't have the option of lowing the drinking age on post, and the drinking age will follow state law.

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  • 7 years ago

    Nope.

    Not even back in 1982.......

    Could buy beer at the EM club or the bowling alley.

    No hard stuff under 21.

    Off base, the law of the State is the Law.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    No

    Way back when...when I first came in the post commander could allow those under 21 to buy and drink ON post. Even then most didn't.

    But even then it didn't matter off post. You still have to follow the law.

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  • 7 years ago

    Only if you are based in a foreign country where the drinking age is lower than 21 (eg Japan, where the age of consent is 20) and the Chain of Command authorizes it (they don't have to).

    Source(s): Active-duty Navy formerly stationed in Japan
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  • 7 years ago

    No. You have to be 21. Same for buying a handgun. Being in the service does not negate federal laws on booze and guns.

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  • NWIP
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    Not in the US at all. If you are at a location outside the US and at a local bar/pub/restaurant then your being in the military has no bearing on it, you are eligible if you are over 18 or 19.

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  • Mrsjvb
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    the drinking age is 21 period end of subject on or off base, Stateside or OCONUS. yes even if the local drinking age is younger.

    unless you are on leave and someplace warm and tropical like Bermuda, you are not allowed to drink until you are 21.

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