In the recent report released by the military it is clear that it is time to allow gays to serve openly in our armed forces. Seventy percent of soliders overall said that they don't object to serving with gays. "Of the 115,052 active troops surveyed, 69% believe they have already worked alongside a gay service member, and 92% of those said it had a positive impact or no impact on their working relationship."
This has led the Secretary of Defense to call for ending the policy known as, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The Secretary of Defense is the highest leader of our armed forces. So, if the head of the military believes it's time to change; then it's time to change!! On top of that, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen agrees with Gates saying that ending the policy is the, "right thing to do." For those who don't know, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the highest ranking military officer in the United States armed forces. He advises the Secretary of Defense and the president of military matters.
Now, some like Senator John McCain are disagreeing with the study pointing out that 48% of Army troops think repeal of DADT would have negative effects. Forty-eight percent of the Marines feel that way. However, 75% of Air Force soldiers disagreed with having to serve alongside African-American soldiers prior to the integration of the armed forces. In addition, 85% of white troops said they wanted to have separate quarters. So, when it comes to doing what's right it doesn't necessarily matter what the individual soldier thinks. They are told to obey orders, and they are use to doing so. Besides, when do we listen to the protests of individual grunts over the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs? Some say that soldiers will leave the military if gays are allowed to serve openly; in protest.
Well, the same was true of the decision to integrate the military with African-American soldiers. But, in the end the concerns over integration fizzled once time passed. My guess, based on the overall numbers in this report is that once gays are allowed to serve openly that the protests will die down. Especially when you figure gays have been serving in the military anyway for all this time and it hasn't caused any major crisis. Besides, several of our allies and other industrialized countries have allowed gays to serve openly with no major negative effects. One of those countries is the conservative and very religious state of Israel. If we are going to keep fighting two wars then we need every able bodied soldier that we can find. It doesn't matter if you're not straight when it comes to being able to fight. All that is needed is to shoot straight.
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