Might have something do with 9/11 and war. Notice the numbers dropped sharply in 2002?
With the Army and even the Marine Corps lowering standards for enlistments, do you really think "I'm gay" got people out of the adventure? Do you really think public opinion towards gays had anything to do with internal military affairs, which was looking at deploying to war? I betting that you don't. Don't be a "Blackdog" dude.
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Nobody thinks that this is what gay men are attracted to as well, especially heterosexual men. The traditional Alpha Male is something that has to change in many mind sets, especially within the military. It would be easy for heterosexual Alpha Males to point at a homosexual Marine and declare that he doesn't fit in.
"Homosexual Marine." Think about that. Does that fit in with the mind set of the typical Marine or the outsider's idea of a Marine?
This is exactly what has to be changed and what will produce the most struggle for the leadership.
Last edited by Hatuey; 05-31-10 at 01:12 AM.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
As a matter of reflection, I think it'd be useful to ignore the distinction between homosexual and heterosexual relationships. Regardless of orientation, a relationship in a professional environment can be a problem. On one hand, attraction and relationships can build trust and can promote courageous behavior. On the other, fights and other negative effects of relationships ending can be detrimental to the collective good. While the lives of others are in your hands, vice versa your life is held in the hands of others in a military unit. Those around you need to be able to count on your action when necessary, regardless of emotional issues.
As a matter of professionalism, as in the corporate world, relationships of any sort amongst colleagues should probably be discouraged at the very least. (Prevents sexual harassment issues and perceived preferential treatment)
With respect to disclosure I (personally) don't see a problem, so long as the relationship doesn't effect the duty performance of the individual or those serving along side. But to error on the side of caution, I'd say disclosure is appropriate as long as it results in a separation of duties between the individuals involved. This may reduce interference of emotional issues on service responsibilities
Homosexual public display of affection as it compares to heterosexual public display of affection, is something that needs to change culturally. I don't believe a legal mandate can effectively remedy this.
With respect to the shared living/sleeping quarters, I'd like to think ideally we have the decency to behave ourselves in hygiene/sleeping areas and not violate the privacy or personal space of others intentionally. But I know that this level of self control and maturity (in the near future) is beyond most. While we can segregate men and women from one another with relative ease, how do we segregate homosexual individuals? Putting a homosexual members of one gender with members of the heterosexual opposite gender would be equally problematic. Do homosexuals each get their own solitary confined private areas? As with the public display of affection issue, I think it becomes an issue of cultural change not easily mandated by legal code.
While cultural issues might make DADT repeal uncomfortable initially, I think its a step in the right direction.
Response and feedback appreciated.
Forgot to say, I live in California so my attitudes toward homosexually probably contrast those in other locations around the US. While I don't agree with the status quo, DADT reform should be implemented cautiously since the gender identity of some divisions in the military may be emotionally shocked or scarred. But, thats for the pentagon study to decide.
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But I'll be willing to bet the challenges with behavior discipline won't come from support units as much as combat units. Combat soldiers have a 'tough guy' 'hardcore' mentality that they dont think is possible for a gay guy.
It will take a few years to smooth out the edges but I dont see what the problem will be after everyone adjusts. When they learn that being gay doesnt make you less male.
Intellectually I know the stereo type does not reflect the real world, I know that the parade marchers don't enlist, nor would the military tolerate any of the items I mentioned. But you're right, there is a stereotype, a perception which needs to change.
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