Beyond the Cusp

December 27, 2010

The Repealed DADT Military

Reactions and predictions of the consequences for the Military as a result of the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy that will allow openly gay personnel to serve in the Military has run the gauntlet from cataclysm to no big deal. Those supporting this social experiment with our national defense see no problems while the opposition is sounding the alarm of a coming apocalypse in our defense forces. A reasonable expectation would be a result somewhere between the two extremes. A good amount of the result will depend upon the actions of the gay enlistees, whether they try to adapt to the Military culture that already exists, or will they flaunt their lifestyle in an in your face attitude making the transition problematic.

It will come down to the attitude of both gay and straight members of our Armed Services. First, the gay people joining the service can either try to fit in and do their jobs professionally or they can push an agenda of we’re gay and we’re here to stay. The straight members of our Armed Services will also need to see which direction each gay enlistee takes towards their attitude of service and accept them if they show an honest effort to blend rather than being openly confrontational. If the new openly gay service members simply do their jobs, then their sexual preference should not present any difficulties and things should not differ in any drastic manner from under DADT.

My expectation is that the majority of gay enlistees will quietly fir in and try to make their sexuality a nonissue. Unfortunately, I fear that initially there will be a number of openly gay who will use their enlistment as a venue for their activism and gay agenda. These will be the troublemakers who will be no different than other people who due to personality or other problems who simply are unable to get along with the other members of their unit. Troublemakers is not something new to the Military and they have a way of weeding out the worst of them during basic training, unless things have changed even more drastically than when I served. Hopefully, after some rough periods accented by the aforementioned troublemakers, an equilibrium of professionalism will take over and problems will be limited to the normal number of enlistees that simply do not belong in a Military regimented lifestyle. The best indicator of whether this unnecessary social experiment will work or if adapting will be too much to expect will be in the combat units where unit cohesion is of life or death importance. I want to be optimistic, but for some reason I see only problems coming from this ridiculous challenge that has been burdened on our Armed Forces.

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