This week the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) goes on the cutting room floor.
For 17 years GLBT soldiers have not been allowed to serve openly in the military.
Those who support “DADT” claim that the cost to train these employees only to have them discharged based on their sexuality is miniscule at best. The problem with this argument is that what the military loses not only part of its training budget but also the experience the soldier gains through the training. Imagine a police department firing its best detective due to his or her sexual orientation. That doesn’t sound like a smart business decision.
The military is known for its conservative operation. It doesn’t shock me that this seemingly nonissue is making headlines all over the states. I do think that the entire conflict boils down to one major issue: locker room syndrome.
The major publication websites have received many hits about how heterosexual soldiers will be able to handle showering and sleeping near GLBT soldiers. The argument is that heterosexual soldiers shouldn’t have to worry about their fellow employees checking them out.
It’s sad that they have that mindset.
I doubt that GLBT soldiers are thinking about sex while in a battle zone. I suspect they are more worried about mortars, snipers and suicide bombers.
Another argument for “DADT” is that the army already restricts other groups of people. They won’t accept people who are too old or too young, out of shape or disabled. Therefore, why can’t sexuality be used as a criterion for picking soldiers?
Using that argument opens the door for the opposition ask whether homosexuality is similar to left-handedness or not.
GLBT have the right to protect their country and loved ones.
Maybe if those working against the repeal one day are saved by a gay fireman or policeman saves their life he or she will think twice who is entitled to risk life and limb to ensure our safety.