Remind me again what bearing an individual's sexuality plays in the workplace?
Having been over "here" for a couple months now in a combat zone, I'm suprised at how much propaganda is pumped through the military television programming. I guess I shouldn't be suprised, but I thought the enemy was the focus for the propaganda not our own troops. From the (CNN) Communist News Network - Our enemy's eyes and ears, to the endless commercials telling military members they are not allowed to participate in political rallies and have numerous restrictions to their involvement in the political process (without enumerating them), which gives the impression of instilling fear of reprisal for involvement, without backing up what exactly it is you can and can't do.
I just saw a commercial with Secretary Robert Gates stating that the legislative repeal of the Don't ask, Don't tell policy has not been voted on, has not begun the legislative process, and is currently in a position of consideration for entering the legislative process. That said he has begun a study to gather information from current military members on the impact they feel it would have. The link is http://defense.gov/dadt but you will need a CAC card to access the survey. I encourage anyone serving in the military to visit the survey and provide their feedback.
Mine consists of this - Don't ask, Don't tell works. Why are we repealing it? Sexuality is not something to be discussed in the workplace, it is unprofessional. That includes discussion of heterosexuality, homosexuality, transexuality, confusedsexuality, and any other incarnation that carnal human beings can construct. There are already homosexuals in the military, I have served with them, and while no one has ever talked about it, it is a nonissue and doesn't impact unit cohesion, morale, or the ability to accomplish the job. So why are we changing something that works? If it was openly discussed it would have a negative impact. When I was in training at Shepherd AFB, Texas there was a homosexual male who attempted to pick up guys while we were waiting for formation in the morning. He was kicked out. Is there anything wrong with that? No, his behavior negatively impacted unit cohesion, morale, and the ability for the military to do its' job. It is cut and dry as is life and death - current policy works, future policy poses potential for disaster.