Guam votes to raise drinking age to 21
TOKYO — The Guam Legislature voted Friday to raise the island’s drinking age to 21 from 18, according to a legislative spokesman.
The legislation must still go to Gov. Felix Camacho for his signature. On Friday, Camacho spokesman Shawn Gumataotao said the governor was reviewing the change and had not said publicly how he felt about the issue.
If signed into law, the higher drinking age would affect the 6,800 troops stationed on Guam.
Currently, all troops are allowed to buy or drink alcohol if they are 18 or older at off base locations, according to military officials.
Airmen 18 and older can buy and drink alcohol on Andersen Air Force Base, according to spokesman Tech Sgt. Michael Andriacco. The Navy’s on-base drinking age is 21, according to Joint Marianas Region spokeswoman Lt. Jodie Cornell.
“Andersen AFB has a long history of following laws and regulations. Our intent is to comply with local laws and work with the government of Guam to ensure a smooth transition to any change in law,” said Brig. Gen. (Sel.) John Doucette, 36th Wing Commander.
From staff reports