Gays In The Military Essay Topics

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Should gays be allowed to serve openly in the US military? Is "don't ask don't tell" bad policy?


Background and context

There is significant debate in the United States as to whether gays should be allowed to serve openly in the US military. The current policy of "Don't Ask Don't tell", signed into law in 1993 under the Clinton administration, does not allow it. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" authorizes the discharge of an American soldier for coming out as gay, lesbian, or bisexual.
Unless one of the exceptions to the law applies, the policy prohibits anyone who "demonstrate(s) a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts" from serving in the armed forces of the United States, because it "would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability." The act prohibits any homosexual or bisexual person from disclosing his or her sexual orientation or from speaking about any homosexual relationships, including marriages or other familial attributes, while serving in the United States armed forces. The "don't ask" part of the policy indicates that superiors should not initiate investigation of a servicemember's orientation in the absence of disallowed behaviors, though mere suspicion of homosexual behavior can cause an investigation. While President Bush was supportive of "Don't Ask Don't Tell", President Barack Obama promised to lift the policy and allow gays to serve openly in the United States military. This has reinvigorated the debate, which has drawn international attention, as other militaries and governments around the world grapple with similar questions.

See Wikipedia's article on "Don't ask don't tell" for greater background.



Military readiness: Does "don't ask don't tell" generally harm or help military readiness?


  • Generally support gay rights, but gays in military bad idea

    I generally support gay rights, including gay marriage (if two people of the same sex marry, it does not effect straight couples). I also realize that gays love their Country and have skills that can be used in the military.

    The reason however that gays should not be allowed to serve openly in the military, is that it is a unique institution, where there is no room for sexual issues, they only distract from the mission.

    In the military you have men serving alongside other men, and women with women, in very close quarters , for long periods of time. This is true in boot camp, barracks, bunkers, ships and submarines, among other situations. They are together 24/7, sleeping along side each other and showering together, etc.

    The potential for problems is very real. At a minimum, it will make the straight troops feel uneasy. For those who suggest this is just homophobia, it is not. Imagine how a women might feel, having to shower alongside a man, or man having to shower in front of a women. This is the same uncomfortableness, a man would feel being forced to shower next to a gay man.

    I know gays would argue they do not check out their shower mates, but that just does not ring true. Humans are sexual creatures, what straight man would not seek a peek at a women in the shower if he had he chance? Of course he would, and gays if their being honest would admit that. So when a straight solider feels uncomfortable showering alongside a gay, it is a very real fear.

    Straight troops feeling uneasy, is just the tip of the iceberg. More serious problems are a certainty What happens when two gay guys fall in love, and one is a Private, and the other is his Sergeant? When it comes time to select who goes on a dangerous mission, the Sergeant's objectivity would be suspect.

    Another issue, what happens when two gays are in love, and then break up, right at the time of an important mission? This type of drama is fine in civilian situations, but in in the Military, this is a distraction.

    These a just a few reasons why the military in the past has correctly avoided mixing military service with sexual attractions.
    The elimination of "Don't ask, Don't tell" , is a mistake that sooner or later will be realized, and hopefully reversed. If gays want to serve, they can do so quietly, but any admission or discovery of homosexuality should result in immediate dismissal, no exceptions. The "Don't ask, don't tell" policy, and the total ban that preceded it (my preference), served this Country well, for over 200 years.

    To the gays who want to serve their Country, you can do so in a civilian capacity. This opinion shared by the majority of the rank and file in the military, especially the Marine Corp, is not a knock on gays it is simply a common sense recognition of the incompatibility of homosexuality with military service.

  • No, that's nasty!

    I honestly believe gays should never be allowed in the military. They are distracting, nasty, and, well, gay! And it's just not normal. We might as well go find someone that knows no English words and let them work at a McDonald's in Manvel, Texas. It's wrong how abortion, gay marriage, and Obama are allowed in America. Get out of here with that! So no, gays should not be allowed in the United States military. Thanks, bye!

  • Gays and The Military don't Mix

    Gays in the military don't mix at all. Now I'm not saying gays don't have wonderful talents but they are a distraction, and way to emotional to be fighting next to our brothers and sisters on the front lines. There emotions cause them to make irrational decisions that could end up killing those we love. Say no to gays in the Military. Thank You

  • Humiliating and disgraceful to the military

    The armed forces of the United States of America is one of the most respected and powerful organizations in the world. As Americans, we need to make sure that the very people who protect our nation, are "clean" and follow the American morals and principles. Allowing gays to serve would be an insult to the armed forces and to America. To quote Don't Ask, Don't Tell, allowing gays to serve " would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability."

  • Gays should never be allowed in the military EVER

    Gays cannot join the military because I mean they're gay. When marines have a barex it's just to live in, now imagine two gay guys living in there. They wouldn't just be focused on work, I believe that being gay in the military is wrong because it you're there to fight, not to have social experiments. The military needs to start stepping it up and making more requirements because now it seems like everyones joining the military because thats the last option they have. What about the people that REALLY want to be in the serivce and can't because a GAY person or someone who doesnt even enjoy their job and was pretty much forced to do it is taking up their part? Obama needs to start re-thinking about the future and what losses we could have. For example what recently happened with the bombs in the boston marathon finish line, we needs people who can wake up an WANT to fight and be in the military, not one who's doing it for dicipline or for the free education, like get a life.

  • Homosexuals in the military.

    I am totally against homosexuals in the military. It is against GOD's way and causes this country to lose it blessings from GOD. There will be no unclean thing come into the military camp. Please do not vote for this. This is WRONG. And will not stand with our heavenly Father. I pray for our military every night for their safety and to keep the camp clean from filth.

  • To far from a man

    Gays should not be in the military because they have the emotional control of a kid and they wouldn't even make it through bootcamp. God watches over men and women fighting in the front lines. We believe in Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve and as the military goes on they will be strong with god on there side. We don't need gays to come in and get our men and women killed

  • The most obvious reason

    How would you react if you were a man and a gay man was next to you on the battlefield and tried to seduce you? What would make him not want to? How would you react if you were a woman and a lesbian tried to make a move on you? If other countries knew we had gays they would target those people specifically.

  • NO gays in the military

    I do not want tanks with flowers on it. They are messing with the tradition of the past generations. I don't think it is right for gays to serve. When it comes to combat they will not be ready for it. I just don't like gays straight out end of story.

  • Just say NO!

    The military is an exclusive club and membership should be scrutinized. One of the finer points of the military is being moral! Homosexuality is not moral. If it were God made a mistake by destroying Sodom and Gommorah. The only reason this is such a big deal is because people are using the government against itself. Certain criteria needs to met to enter the military just like other private organizations have their rules. If you don't believe me; try getting into Harvard with a 2.0 GPA! NActually, even with a perfect 4.0, there is still stricter requirements before you can get in! By the way.....Being gay is a lifestyle. No one is born that way!

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