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MILITARY: Retain policy of ‘don’t ask’

Letter by John A. Hemphill, Steilacoom on Sep. 21, 2010 at 9:16 am | 3 Comments »
September 21, 2010 10:15 am

Our military’s junior officers and noncommissioned officers have the first-line responsibility for the discipline that is required for effective operations. This includes enforcing the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is a tool that allows corrective action rather than disruption and time-consuming legal action.

The “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is not broken. Many gays and lesbians have served successfully in the military by following the policy and have risen to higher ranks. Evidently, they did not display their gay or lesbian lifestyle and blended in with the required military lifestyle.

Repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy will open the door for blatant display of gay and lesbian lifestyle. Most likely, this will result in demands for changes to accommodate their lifestyle for a relative very small part of the military force. Such accommodations will fall on the shoulders of junior officers and noncommissioned officers to manage and further complicate their demanding jobs.

Congress is forcing the issue to pay their political debts. Why should these public servants have to pay political debts for the Congress?

Recent articles only address grievances of a small number when our entire military force is involved, from its living quarters to combat operations. It is like a hair on a dog’s tail wagging the tail and the dog.

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