Not Your Father's Military

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Not Your Father's Military

The military has admitted that they have had a secret policy in place to run around "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" during wartime. Too bad it's in direct conflict with the first policy-- people who are out aren't supposed to be able to serve.
National Guard troops and reservists who come out [of the closet] to their superiors are routinely sent to serve in Iraq under a policy designed to prevent soldiers from falsely claiming they are gay to avoid duty, an Army spokesperson said last week. "If a soldier 'tells,' they still have to go to war and the homosexual issue is postponed until they return to the U.S. and the unit is demobilized," said Kim Waldron, a civilian employee at U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort McPherson, Ga. LGBT advocacy groups have long maintained such a policy was in place, but Pentagon officials had denied it.
Don't worry, we'll dishonorably discharge you after you come back from serving your country and fighting in the war. (Well, if you come back.)

So, the theory is that gays can't be in the military because they make other people uncomfortable, they're bad for morale, and so on. Right? This exposes the rank hypocrisy and idiocy of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Gays have and do serve and the military knows it, accepts it, but then treats them like crap afterwards.

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