Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., has said there is support among military leaders for proposed legislation to allow service members under 21 to drink beer and wine at base restaurants and clubs.
Kingston said military brass are reluctant to publicly express their opinion, but that they unofficially agree with the proposal.
Kingston said he plans to hold public meetings on the issue. The legislation would prohibit the consumption of alcohol anywhere other than designated establishments on bases.
Kingston said about 60 percent of sailors serving on nuclear submarines are between the ages of 18 and 22, and active-duty soldiers have a 90 percent chance of being sent to Iraq or Afghanistan.