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File #: Res 0088-2014    Version: * Name: Congress and the President to raise the minimum age for enlisting in the military to age 21.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed (End of Session)
Committee: Committee on Veterans
On agenda: 2/26/2014
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the United States Congress and the President of the United States to raise the minimum age for enlisting in the military to age 21.
Sponsors: Jumaane D. Williams, Helen K. Rosenthal
Council Member Sponsors: 2
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/31/2017*Jumaane D. Williams City Council Filed (End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/26/2014*Jumaane D. Williams City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/26/2014*Jumaane D. Williams City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 88
 
Resolution calling upon the United States Congress and the President of the United States to raise the minimum age for enlisting in the military to age 21.
 
 
By Council Members Williams and Rosenthal
         Whereas, Federal law allows individuals who are age 18 and over, and those age 17 with parental consent, to enlist in the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard; and
Whereas, Each branch of the United States Armed Forces utilizes recruitment and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) programs in high schools in an effort to promote the option of military service to students and to obtain enlistments of those age 17 and older; and       
Whereas, Under federal law, military recruiters must be afforded the same access to public high school students that is provided to colleges, universities, and prospective employers; and
Whereas, Research indicates that adolescents are more susceptible to peer pressure and have an increased tendency to engage in risky behavior in comparison to adults; and  
Whereas, According to a study by the National Institutes of Health, development of the portion of the brain involved in decision-making is not complete until an individual is over age 21; and  
Whereas, Service in the military may entail exposure to life-threatening and highly stressful situations; and
Whereas, Those under age 21 may be unprepared to properly weigh the risks and benefits of military service; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the United States Congress and the President of the United States to raise the minimum age for enlisting in the military to age 21.
 
PD 1/29/14
Res. No. 1813/2013
LS#461/2014