Moral Clarity from Blackfive:
I agree with Shali. I don’t think it will undermine much of anything. I do have some concerns about safety issues (one reason to “Don’t Tell” or avoid looking like you “Don’t Tell”).
I disagree with repealing the policy (just) because of the political perception that we need more soldiers (um, hello, there are already gay Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, etc.). My point is that, if ending the policy is the right thing to do, then, well, it’s the right thing to do.
Exactly, discover what is right and do it because it is right. Here are some reasons why ending the policy is the right thing to do.
- It is stupid to get rid of good soldiers because they are openly gay. The military needs to keep good soldiers.
- Fraternization between heterosexual male and female soldiers hasn’t destroyed morale, nor will fraternization between gay soldiers.
- Basic training already erases cultural conflicts between soldiers. There is no reason why basic training couldn’t weave another thread into the fabric.
- “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” is the only legitimate beef that universities and colleges have against military recruiters and programs. Ending the policy would sharpen debate and promote patriotism.
- Soldiers have a get out free card. All they have to do is say “I’m gay” and they’re discharged and can get a raise from a military contractor. WFT?!
Enlisted Swine has more good reasons.