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    Question for our gay members

    In one of the myriad DADT threads I made the following comment:

    "seems the ones that are most vocal about getting "the right to serve" are those least likely to want to serve."

    my question is:

    how many of you would join the military if DADT were repealled tomorrow. (assume for the sake of arguement that you are physically able and between the ages of 17 and 42)
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    Re: Question for our gay members

    I am not gay, but something I have been told by gays is that many of them view military service as a way to acceptance by society.
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    Re: Question for our gay members

    I dont think anyone on here is gay.
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    Re: Question for our gay members

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I am not gay, but something I have been told by gays is that many of them view military service as a way to acceptance by society.


    hmm really? to me the military was not about me but about how I could serve my country. just sayin.
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    Re: Question for our gay members

    I have seriously considered it. My great grandfather served in the Navy. My grandfather served in the Navy. My uncle served in the Navy. It seems kind of sad that the tradition ends with me but my family does not want me to serve with the current policy. We talked about it and the reality is I'm not the only person who would have to be on guard and not lie, they too would have to be vigilant. It also would have been nice to have the military help me pay for my education, but student loans do the trick.

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    Re: Question for our gay members

    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendHellh0und View Post
    hmm really? to me the military was not about me but about how I could serve my country. just sayin.
    That assumes there can be only a single motive for doing something.
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    Re: Question for our gay members

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    That assumes there can be only a single motive for doing something.
    I was going to say the same. The "duties of citizens" versus "rights of the individual" has been an ongoing theme in American history. Whether military service is an act of conformity or individuality probably doesn't matter that much.

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    Re: Question for our gay members

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    I have seriously considered it. My great grandfather served in the Navy. My grandfather served in the Navy. My uncle served in the Navy. It seems kind of sad that the tradition ends with me but my family does not want me to serve with the current policy. We talked about it and the reality is I'm not the only person who would have to be on guard and not lie, they too would have to be vigilant. It also would have been nice to have the military help me pay for my education, but student loans do the trick.
    would you do it if they repealed DADT? ie, If you could serve openly would you?
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    Re: Question for our gay members

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    That assumes there can be only a single motive for doing something.


    I don't view the reason as promoting the cause of correcting a social injustice a valid reason. People go in, get trained to kill and break things, if your motives is to affect "Acceptence" as a reason for your service, your head may not be in the game.


    And I don't care where a service member sticks thier junk.
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    Re: Question for our gay members

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    would you do it if they repealed DADT? ie, If you could serve openly would you?
    I'm not sure. That is a huge decision and not one to be made lightly. If I served I probably would not bring up my sexual orientation. It isn't anyone's business unless I want them to know and it would have nothing to do with why I was there or whatever job I needed to do.

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