Monday, July 7, 2008

Let 'em serve ...

I've served with gays and they performed at the same caliber or better than the rest of us. And, truly, they were the most fun to hang around with. Now there's proof:

WASHINGTON - Congress should repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy because the presence of gays in the military is unlikely to undermine the ability to fight and win, according to a new study released by a California-based research center.

The study was conducted by four retired military officers, including the three-star Air Force lieutenant general who in early 1993 was tasked with implementing President Clinton's policy that the military stop questioning recruits on their sexual orientation.

"Evidence shows that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly is unlikely to pose any significant risk to morale, good order, discipline or cohesion," the officers states.


Now, let' em fucking serve if they want. There is no reason to marginalize any segment of our population, in any capacity, let alone denying them the chance to serve the country they love.

Great thanks to Mr. Aravosis for the link.

Cross-posted at the Brain.


deuddersun said...

You would think thqt the Gov would be glad to get anybody they can to serve in the military. Lord knows, the young Republi-cons aren't falling all over thenselves in an effort to sign up for King George's war.


THE Michael said...

As a submariner....well.....I have mixed feelings about that one. Anywhere else is perfectly fine with me. When WE went down, it was to the sea, in ships.......

Chief said...

Gotta agree with Fixer. We let non-citizens serve in the U.S. Military. I do not know if I ever served with a gay sailor. I served from 1958 to 1979. Could have and never knew it.

It is their country too and if they want to put their life on the line, I say, let 'em serve.

CAFKIA said...

I was propositioned by other male sailors a number of times during my ~10 years. I declined each time but, the experience leads me to believe that there were/are/always have been a small, but significant, percentage of Gays among the avowed defenders of the Constitution. There were several successful military operations during that time so, it would appear that the presence of Gays is not some sort of harbinger of failure.

The nation has nothing to gain through the willful disenfranchisement of any of our constituent groups.

I can appreciate Michael's reservations as a bubblehead but, rape is a prosecutable crime whether committed by or to a man or a woman. The vast majority of our service men and women are not rapists regardless of their sexual orientation. Unless you have the terrible misfortune of serving with a rapist, the uncomfortable feeling should diminish with time and familiarity just as there was once such reservations about serving with Blacks and Women.