Also NP, please keep in mind that there are other people on this board who have served in the Navy, onboard ships for >90 days at sea, who have served more recently than you. I am one of them, and I know that there are many servicemembers who could truly care less if gays are allowed to serve openly. There are some ratings in the Navy that are so undermanned that even people who would object morally to homosexuality and/or who may be uncomfortable living with homosexuals would quickly get over it to get DADT (and the UCMJ sodomy laws) repealed if it meant that they would have a better watch and/or liberty rotation. You tend to learn what is really important when you have to stand 6 and 6s or 3 section duty while the rest of the ship is on 4 or 5 section duty. Some subs are port and starboard duty rotation. Allowing gays to serve openly could actually cause more people to want to join or at least keep some of those qualified in, which would mean more people to stand watches, which means more liberty for everyone.