I most certainly do not support the “Don’t ask. Don’t tell” policy Clinton, and the Dems, saddled the US military with well over a decade ago.
If you support the current policy and you have never served in the Military, in any branch, then you are forgiven your ignorance. However, that does not give you the right not to be challenged by those of us who have served in Uniform.
The first thing a new enlistee learns, upon arrival at his first military post, is… that he has zero privacy. None! Everything he does is in the open. Usually he is surrounded by others of the same sex in multiples all the time, around the clock. He showers with a crowd. He uses the toilet, without stalls, with a crowd, he eats with a crowd, and he sleeps with a crowd. He lives, breathes and has his being… with a crowd!
In order for the training to be effective the enlistees must be broken from their individuality and re-made into a cohesive unit. One way the Army does it is to give the recruits a common enemy, the drill sergeant! It works! The enlistees will hate his guts, in a few hours, and the first clues of unit cohesion begin to develop.
Now, you hear “Unit Cohesion” tossed about a great deal. Simply put, it means that a unit of men, must all be pulling together to accomplish whatever that unit’s goals happen to be on any given day. They must function as one! If there is one recruit in that unit for which the remainder of the men cannot relate, then unit cohesion is not possible.
Now, allow me to clear up something for those of you who have never served. It is a wonderful thing to spout the words that a soldier fights for his country. That is true… but the actual fact is, each soldier fights for his fellow soldier along side him. This combined effort is combat for one’s country. Why is that important? Simply because… if that soldier is NOT fighting for his fellow soldiers beside him, they are both vulnerable… and so is their unit. So, Unit Cohesion is a must.
In the 1950’s when I reported to “Tank Hill” at the US Army’s Fort Jackson, South Carolina, for Basic Training, I vividly recall that as we were in formation, in the company street, the Platoon Sergeant told us, in no uncertain words, that if we suspected there was a man among us who was a homosexual we where bound to report that man and he would be gone in a matter of hours, sometimes even faster. We were told that if we knew of a homosexual and did not report him WE would be gone, too.
Now why were we told that? For two reasons: One was to ensure that any homosexuals among us would indeed be reported and removed, and secondly, it assured each remaining man that the man he was working with, and sleeping next to, and eating with, and fighting with, was exactly who he appeared to be.
If you have never served in the Military you are not going to understand this… but the Military is so far from society, as you have known it, as to be unrecognizable to you. It is that way of necessity. The Military is in the business of killing people and breaking things. It’s what they do. Men are taught to act on command, without thought, or question. The only order you are allowed to not obey is an unlawful order.
Social experimenting with the military is absolutely wrong! It gets good soldiers killed. As of Sunday morning March 18th at 8 AM no less than 71 American female soldiers have died in Iraq! And, according to the Military they are not in combat roles. Now, if 71 non-combat American women soldiers have been killed, just how many do you suppose would have been killed had they actually been in combat? See the drift here?
Now... why have there been 71 women killed in Iraq and why will there be more? Simple. It was done to satisfy some feminist yearning to be equal with men! As a result of that… the American government folded and ordered the military to place women in high profile jobs at, or near, the fighting… and they are getting killed by the dozens! All for the price of a damn social experiment! If you are familiar with the definition of the term “cannon fodder” you know how I feel about American female soldiers being placed in such positions and in such military occupations.
So… Truman DID order the integration of black and white troops in the US military and it worked! Great! But those Blacks were men… just like the white guys! The same no homosexuals in the military applied to them as it did for the white troops. Some of the best troops I knew, and served with, while in the military were black men.
The whole point of this is that if we continue to integrate homosexuals into our military, recruiting of straight troops will drop and the military will be in worse shape than it already is, today. Unit cohesion will be a thing of the past. It may have already begun.
Back in the mid 20th century, during my time in the Army, we were taught to fight as a Unit. If the recent ads, the Army is running, are any indication, that has now been dropped and the “Army of ONE” is the way troops are trained. That would lead a Vet to think that instead of training soldiers to fight as a unit, they are being trained to fight alone. In other words count on no one other than themselves. Do you suppose it has anything to do with a severe lack of Unit Cohesion? Because this approach sure leads one to believe that each soldier is on his own these days! Ouch! I hope I am wrong about the training.
Over the weekend, we began our fifth year of war in Iraq. I said from the beginning we’d be lucky to finish this war in fifty years. I still believe that. By my calculations we have 45 more years left to fight in Iraq.
Point is… why make it more difficult by allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the US Military. It can only harm the performance of our troops and no good can come of it. If the Commander in Chief wants to do something constructive, something that will lift our troops morale and give them confidence in their fellow soldiers, then he will make every effort to scuttle the “Don’t Ask, Don’ Tell” policy and go back to the day when homosexuals were not allowed to serve in the US Military.