FORT BLISS, Texas (AP) - Fort Bliss stood for years as the last
Army post in America where if you were old enough to fight and die,
you were old enough to have a beer.
But the party's over at the military base in the far West Texas
desert near El Paso.
The new commanding general says that too many drunken-driving
crashes and arrests and too many fights are prompting him to raise
the on-post drinking age from 18 to 21. That brings the
17,000-soldier post in line with what's been the law in the rest of
Texas since 1986.
Furthermore, the nearby Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez
will now be off limits. All Fort Bliss soldiers are barred from
slipping across the border.
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