I understand both sides of the argument, each make good points, but if I had to choose I would err on the side of caution. I don't think it's prudent to risk unit integrity for something that will be of little tangible value to anyone.
Everyone makes sacrifices when they join the military, not just gay folks, and if keeping your sexuality private could help insure a more efficient unit, shouldn't you be willing to make that sacrifice?
The current policy works; it's more flexible and situational because it allows members to discern when and where it is appropriate to make their sexuality known. Perhaps, Alex, your coming out wouldn't have been as well-received in my unit. Not that it's right, but that's the reality.
If it weren't a matter of life and death I'd be inclined to change the policy, but when we're talking about putting the integrity of our combat units at risk I MUST default to the proven method.
Iím just not sure why some people think itís so important to change this policy. I mean, is it REALLY necessary? Just my two centsÖ