Re: Don't Ask Don't Tell - Good Riddance...
posted at 9/21/2011 3:21 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Don't Ask Don't Tell - Good Riddance...
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Don't Ask Don't Tell - Good Riddance... : Soldiers weren't being asked, so theres was nothing to lie about in the first place. The policy required admittance or witness to homosexuality. If a soldier is comfortable enough to admit their sexual orientation, AND the rest of his/her unit is comfortable with the gay soldier, then everybody is happy. Thats great. Unfortunately, the entire military and the surrounding world isn't that understanding. It isn't the government's job nor the rest of society to DICTATE that someone MUST find a way to be comfortable in a certain situation. There's a reason why men and women don't share the same bathrooms and showers. Why must a majority (yes, a HUGE majority) of the military be forced into a situation they would rather not be in? I already stated that the "mandatory removal" of gay troops was always the wrong solution. I do feel that a certain non-judicial punishment (Article15) should have been the option due to a soldiers INSISTENCE on RISKING a unit's cohesion and readiness. The best solution, I feel,should have been to leave the application or non-application of punishment at the unit level under the commanders and leadership discretion as to whether the unit's cohesion and readiness was/will be affected.
Posted by sof7squash[/QUOTE]
You're wrong about the "nothing to lie about" part.
Gay recruits were forced to conceal or lie about their relationships; they couldn't talk about their partners in any context other than "friend"; they couldn't include their partners in military functions or other rituals; they couldn't honestly participate in otherwise 'hetero' activities or customs young people frequently engage in - all under threat of losing their job.
Soldiers are required to do all sorts of things they might be uncomfortable with (including killing another human being, e.g., morality) as part of their job description, even perhaps showering with other men. I submit that anyone who feels "uncomfortable" simply being around gay people is either very insecure, very misinformed, very dogmatic, or a bit of all three.
There is no evidence or indication that a unit's cohesion or readiness will be adversely affected. Any "punishment" would still be discriminatory.
All of this is beside the inherent dignity and decency of a battle-fallen soldier's same-sex spouse - one day - finally being given a tri-folded flag at a military funeral.