posted on Jun, 23 2012 @ 06:57 AM
reply to post by Germanicus
They lowered it from 21 to 18 in Australia during the 60-70s to give the Army draft going on at the time the 18-21 demographic during Vietnam, thus
giving the draft an extra three years of men that could serve. They never changed it back afterwards I guess.
In the US it stayed at 21, although some laws (such as tattoos) are at age 18. It really makes no sense either way, I mean if you can drive at 16, why
the hell can't you decide to drink or even vote at the same age? It's not like people at 16 can't make informed decisions, when we can trust them
to be in charge of 2 tonnes of metal coffin....