I think the 'Don't ask Don't tell' policy makes perfect sense. It says "You can serve in the military regardless of your sexual desires, as long as you don't act on them or advertise them" . Liberal arguments go like this :"They are being forced to be dishonest".
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Turning the military into equal opportunity for little sister and mom seriously damaged recruiting from the warrior base, homosexuals will finish it off, which will lead to more females needed, and so on until the future does not look good for combat arms units.
I think they should think long and hard on this, the military is like any social society but with more structure. The culture or populace is like any other general public, there are good people and bad people, gang bangers, rednecks, and gay bashers etc. This dont ask dont tell rule is a security blanket for gays from the lower crust of this structured club. Just change the rules (gays cannot be discharged for being gay) if they want to come out so be it, but at your on risk.
Example: 2 soldiers go in to town start drinking argue get in a fight, one of them happens to be gay, the gay guy cant come back using that as an (hate crime) excuse why he got his butt kick. Dont know about the rank and file probably could care less, but dont look at me in the shower, dont hit on me, dont think just cause Im nice to you that I want to be with you, and after work just dress normal and dont use it to manipulate the system, and oh by the way dont get in my line of fire in our next fire fight just a few things to think about and get out of the way.
If homosexuals are to come out of the closet in the military, then drop the other shoe and have men and women shower and bunk together.
I would be very interested in learning what FR Veterans think this will do to Unit Cohesion and camaraderie.
If this demonstrably reduces the battlefield effectiveness of our Military (as I strongly suspect it would) then there would be a clear necessity for the next Administration in 2012 to change course on this.
“Over at MSNBC they keep quoting polls that say the public overwhelmingly wants this.”
I wonder how the question reads. If they just ask whether we should end the current policy a lot of people may think the question is whether we should go back to the old policy rather than throwing the gate wide open.
If this is done it will worsen recruiting problems, not help. For every gay who joins and turns out to be worth his salt two or more straight men will decide not to join because of it and there will be much greater morale problems because of gays openly flaunting their homosexuality.
I thought it was bad enough being cooped up with straight sailors who liked to brag about their exploits with women, I kept mine to myself. I would have puked my guts out if I had had to listen to a bunch of queers bragging about their trip ashore.
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If they allow open gays, last time I ever salute the flag or say the Pledge of Allegiance. Will start to lean toward the “Let’s hasten Armageddon” side.