DADT fix needs time

Still Walkin' by Jan Curran

>Now that The Congress has mandated a change in how the military deals with homosexuals in the ranks it has opened up a veritable "Pandora"s Box" for all the services. The law of unintended consequences is writ large over all of this. One thing is sure. Implementation will require much time and much anguish for all parties. Large portions of the American population are adamant in their opposition to homosexuality and they comprise a large percentage, if not a dominant majority of those who serve in the combat arms: infantry, armor and artillery as well as the combat service support units like the engineers. Their concerns will need to be addressed, and will require much education and training. The impact on recruiting could be substantial. For many, religious and moral considerations will impact their acceptance of changed rules and regulations dealing with the human relations aspects of their new environment. Much will depend on how militant the homosexual community becomes and how litigious. The same applies to anti-homosexual groups and religious fundamentalists. Many questions and issues will inevitably arise. What kind of homosexual conduct will be tolerated? Could cross-dressing be allowed in the NCO club or the PX? What constitutes "hate speech?" Will commanders be required to take disciplinary or judicial action in cases of "hate speech?" Will commanders be subject to civil suit by pro or anti-homosexual political groups? Will government committees require statistics to insure homosexuals are promoted at the same rates as non-homosexuals? Will homosexuals be promoted at faster rates to compensate for previous years' discrimination? Will personal opinion on homosexuality become an impediment to promotion, school selection or assignment to key positions? What benefits will homosexual partners be entitled to? How long must same sex partners be together to qualify for benefits? Will same sex partners be assigned to family quarters? How will same sex dating be handled? Will same sex couples be allowed to live with each other in the BOQ's or BEQ's. How will this affect the fraternization regulations between various ranks? How about assignment to billets in countries where homosexuality is illegal? If they can't be assigned, who takes up the slack for them? Now this is just a smattering of what will be a massive volume of questions and challenges the services will face. It will impact not only the rank and file, but also the chain of command up to the highest levels and the Congress who will inevitably become involved in establishing a whole new set of ground rules. How this plays out will have an enormous impact on the state of discipline and order in the entire military establishment. They need to take the time to get it right.
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Comments » 7

seepamblog writes:

You pose some excellent questions. Will be interesting to see how all of this plays out. Great post.

TPAKyle writes:

Back in 1948 when Truman racially integrated our armed forces similar questions were asked. It was an unpopular move. Many said the sky would fall. I didn't. But it did start a civil rights movement which saw great progress for African Americans in 1954 and 1964.

In the 60s and 70's when women indicated they wanted to serve equally, the same naysayers had dire predictions. But in the end there were no major issues.

So here in the 21st century, a handful of dinosaurs are at it again. Same gloom and doom predictions about gays and lesbians serving openly. This despite armed forces around the world already accepting such successfully for decades.

What some people fail to recognize is that gays and lesbians have been serving all along. There is nothing new going on here. They just don't have to lie about who they are anymore.

Tell me you don't know when someone is lying to you. How do you feel about it? How do you feel about THEM.

What do you think having a "liar" in the troops does for unit cohesion? Think things will improve or get worse without the lies?

Welecome to the Century of Truth in the Land of the Free.

pickleed writes:

Of course it will take time to implement. I must, however point out to you that cross-dressing has nothing to do with sexual orientation.

broncorider writes:

First off there is no such thing as "sexual orientation." Your sex is either male or female or in verb form it is something done between a man and woman to reproduce.

What does keeping your mouth shut about how you get your jollies have to do with "lying?" It is no one's business and there is no need to share it but for some reason 90% of the homosexuals out there want everyone to know. Just keep your mouth shut and act normal and there are no issues - except of course your own inability to deal with your warped perversions.

pickleed writes:

in response to broncorider:

First off there is no such thing as "sexual orientation." Your sex is either male or female or in verb form it is something done between a man and woman to reproduce.

What does keeping your mouth shut about how you get your jollies have to do with "lying?" It is no one's business and there is no need to share it but for some reason 90% of the homosexuals out there want everyone to know. Just keep your mouth shut and act normal and there are no issues - except of course your own inability to deal with your warped perversions.

The self-loathing closeted gay man rears his head once more.

bynx writes:

This seems to be a hot button issue for several posters here. I wonder, who has actually served or is serving in the military? Perhaps the various branches of the military should be left to work this out without pressure from Congress.

TPAKyle writes:

in response to broncorider:

First off there is no such thing as "sexual orientation." Your sex is either male or female or in verb form it is something done between a man and woman to reproduce.

What does keeping your mouth shut about how you get your jollies have to do with "lying?" It is no one's business and there is no need to share it but for some reason 90% of the homosexuals out there want everyone to know. Just keep your mouth shut and act normal and there are no issues - except of course your own inability to deal with your warped perversions.

Big Rider, your comment really helps us all understand why you're living in some dilapidated shack on the edge of the Everglades rather than in grandeur up in Tallahassee or Washington DC.

Now lets go hunt us some squirrel!

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