Thursday, March 02, 2006
In the Sandbox...
Repeal ‘Don’t Ask’ Policy
"The choice is clear: Spend $364 million on firing patriotic Americans or spend the same amount on three dozen Black Hawk helicopters, 4,000 Sidewinder missiles, or enough body armor vests to outfit the entire American fighting force in Iraq.
Our priority should always be defense and national security. Congress should repeal “Don’t ask, don’t tell” immediately and fund real priorities in the war on terror. ("Study: Cost of policy on gays more than thought").
Unfortunately, our military leaders are either 1) hiding behind a policy to mask their personal prejudices or 2) ignorant to reality.
Nearly 10,000 volunteer servicemembers have been fired for perceived or actual sexual orientation between 1994 and 2003. Rarely has homosexual orientation manifested itself into sexual conduct in a military environment. A person who defies a general order stays in the military, yet if a person’s actual or perceived homosexual orientation comes to the attention of the chain of command, discharge proceedings commence.
Many believe that servicemembers discharged under the Homosexual Conduct Policy brought it upon themselves. More often than not, some bottom-feeder in the unit “outs” another member to make himself look good. Unit cohesion and trust in your comrades, huh? Sounds like the enemy at your six.
It is time for those in the military who have a backbone to call for an end to this policy. “Don’t ask, don’t tell” hurts every servicemember, gay and straight. The next time you are deployed doing the work of two soldiers, waiting for a helicopter with mechanical problems, all while worried about getting shot in the kidney because you don’t have adequate body armor, reread the first sentence of this letter and thank your commander for enforcing the policy.
-Sgt. Brent Geers, Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan (Stars & Stripes: Letters to the Editor)
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