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U.S. Navy slaps drinking ban on 18,600 sailors in Japan: Should soldiers fighting in a war be allowed to drink alcohol?

  • Yes soldiers are adults.

    Soldiers away in war zones and other foreign countries should be able to drink alcohol and act as adults. The soldiers are being asked to be in very difficult and dangerous circumstances. Often times they are asked to risk their lives or kill for their country. I would think they should be able to unwind with a drink no and then.

  • Yes, soldiers should be allowed to consume alcohol during times of war.

    Soldiers fighting in a war or on active deployment should be permitted to drink alcohol while they are off duty. Because soldiers are not always actively working at their post and are granted personal time away from duty, they should be able to exercise the same freedoms as a regular civilian - as long as it does not interfere with their ability to perform the job they are commissioned for.

  • They don't need to be told what to do.

    The soldiers that are there do not need to be constantly watched. They're not little kids, if they're old enough to be serving in the military then they should be old enough to drink. What they choose to do on their free time should not matter, as long as it is legal.

  • Fun in soladados

    If for all as a human being and as much as the soldiers are entitled to take time off alcohol but properly and formal, as well as the right to do that because they are the ones who help the nation to us to have a good quality of life

  • Fun in soladados

    If for all as a human being and as much as the soldiers are entitled to take time off alcohol but properly and formal, as well as the right to do that because they are the ones who help the nation to us to have a good quality of life

  • They're not actively engaged in combat operations

    Soldiers stationed in Japan aren't "fighting" in a war, they are essentially a show of force to deter any erratic behavior from N. Korea or China.
    This drinking ban was a feeble handed attempt to salvage relations between us and Japan, after some soldiers engaged in activities unbecoming of an American serviceman. They are part of a unit, thus responsible to an extent for the actions of their counterparts, this was a decent way to root out the problem from within.

  • No no no

    If a soldier is fighting in a war then the soldier must stay sober and keep all mental faculties diligent to higher awareness of all things in nature to combat. Alcohol is a depressant and hardly conducive to bettering the necessary soldiering needed to win a war. Methamphetamine is the obvious choice for champions of destructive victories.

  • Soldiers must be fit

    A soldier should be in the best physical condition possible when in service to their country for obvious reasons. Taking steps such as preventing them from drinking and smoking in order to improve their health is a reasonable step considering the potential benefits to the unit and to the particular person.

  • No, soldiers should not be allowed to drink while they are in active service

    Recently, the U.S. Navy placed a drinking ban on all 18,600 sailors currently serving in Japan. I completely support this drinking ban because it was instituted for good reason: drunk driving incidents. I believe that no soldier in active service should be allowed to drink. It impairs good judgement during combat, a time when clear-headed thinking is most urgently needed.

  • Drinking Ban on Active Duty Soldiers

    When a soldier is deployed into a war zone, the last thing that he/ she needs is a loss of focus. For many soldiers, the need to keep sharp and remain focused is key when they are in the midst of a hot spot. This means abstaining from an assortment of things, including drinking and ingesting alcohol. Even when it is done during recreational time, any soldier needs to be ready for battle. The enemy can fire at any time and if a soldier is inebriated, they became a liability, a danger not only to themselves but to the other soldiers around them. Placing a ban on drinking while deployed in an active war zone can be a great benefit to those that need to be constantly on the alert.


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Vox_Veritas says2016-06-09T00:01:35.767
Uh...Soldiers stationed in Japan have been on standby since the end of WW2. They can hardly be considered to be "fighting a war".