"A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Keep your religion out of other people's marriages.
Now, I know this may be hard for some people to accept, but the grunts are not your typical American. You have to be a little crazy to volunteer to spend seven months in Iraq or Afghanistan. And when I say spend seven months in Iraq and Afghanistan, I don't mean sitting inside a forward operating base, eating at the cafeteria and showering everyday. There is a world of difference...
So, yes, grunts are pretty nasty people, and, yes, they typically don't like gay guys. Forcing these combat units to accept gays is a terrible move, and will cause problems.
The policy should be changed so as to allow for commander's discretion. The zero tolerance policy we have now is nonsensical.Luckily I have more. I've seen all the chiefs and officers, and most of the jr. enlisted of a department work very hard fighting to try to keep two highly intelligent and motivated sailors in the Navy. They actually had several boards among the upper chain of command to discuss whether or not to discharge them. Unfortunately, the circumstances behind the discovery of them being gay was too much against them. Most of the department was sad to see them go. Everyone knew one of them was gay, he didn't really hide it. It just wasn't a big deal. The only other person I knew that got out for being gay was a girl who turned herself in. We did have more in my department and in other departments on the ship, but it just wasn't a big deal.
For the most part, I found that most of the sailors I've ever worked with don't really care if gays can serve openly or not.
What works for one unit may not work for another. Commander's need to have complete control over their men, and that includes the option of removing homosexuals from a volatile environment.Now, I can't really speak for the other branches, but my husband was a Marine, and he says he could care less. He knew of at least one gay guy in his unit, but it really wasn't a big deal. According to him, as long as they can do their job and aren't trying to use the fact that they are gay to get some special privilege, then it doesn't matter to him.
Are you sure you were in the service? You don't seem to be very familiar with the UCMJ. What was your rate and rank?
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