I’m sure this has been discussed here before, but in light of some comments by Admiral Mullen I thought I’d ask everyone’s opinion on the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy.
It seems it is just a matter of time before this policy is removed. I think this would be a mistake, not because I’m against homosexuals or any of that nonsense, but repealing this policy will cause problems among the ranks for sure. If you’ve served I’m sure you can think of many times when having openly homosexual men or women around you would have been uncomfortable to say the least.
Any thoughts or suggestions on how to repeal of change this policy to make it better for all involved? [/quote]
That there are gays in the military who serve just fine just shows that the issue lies elsewhere…
It should never be a public issue what someone’s preferences are. The problem, as I see it, is that there is almost no legal/administrative concept of male on male sexual harassment. Women will be the first to tell you what total jerks guys with a hard-on can be, and one of my friends who is gay assured me that they don’t change if you’re a guy.
So with that in mind, it makes a lot more sense why many guys get edgy around gays – and this is completely different than homophobia. We don’t say a woman has issues if she decks a guy for groping her, do we? Women are more likely to integrate into the military than gay men simply because there are better policies for managing interactions in really high stress situations.
And as always, I might just be full of shit.
On gays in the military: If there was no government running a standing army, this issue would not be happening right now. All that would matter was that you could defend property and you don’t cost the company more than you are worth.