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MILITARY: Close quarters a problem with gays

Letter by Tracy L. Adams, Steilacoom on May 28, 2010 at 2:53 pm | 43 Comments »
June 1, 2010 9:51 am

A recent opinion poll finds that more than 70 percent of civilians want homosexuals to serve openly in the U.S. military. Congress just approved an initial bill to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

Civilians and Congress don’t have a clue what it’s like to serve in the military. Having served in the military for more than 21 years, I have firsthand experience with gays in the military. Living conditions are the primary reason why morale will and has been degraded due to gays.

Case in point: Stationed in tents for two months, we had open-tent showers. About 15 of us were taking a shower in this open tent when a known gay military member entered. That tent emptied like a skunk just entered the area.

In addition, no one wanted to place his cot next to his, and the commander had to resolve living conditions.

Yes, gays can fly planes, become doctors, even command an entire base, but close living conditions will always be a problem with gays in the military.

Let military members vote whether to repeal the current policy, not civilians who are clueless.

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