Military Chiefs Cast Doubt On Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
The chiefs of the Army, Marines and Air Force warned Friday that implementing a repeal of the policy banning gays from serving openly in the military would be more difficult than a Pentagon study has suggested, challenging the assessments of other top military officials in the administration.
Gen. James Amos, the Marine commandant, offered the most critical comments in a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee and recommended against a repeal at this time. He said the Marines would carry out a change in policy if Congress votes for it but said the shift has a “strong potential for disruption at the small-unit level.”
Citing statistics in a recently released Pentagon study showing a majority of combat Marines were concerned about a repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” Amos said he could not turn his back on their opinions.
If we separate men and women, why would it be any different for individuals who self-identify as being attracted to members of the same sex? Would those who identify as gay be housed with the opposite sex? What would keep some forward-thinking individual from self-identifying themselves as gay simply for the free peep show? Just one of many questions this issue raises.
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