Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) Policy

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US Military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) Policy :

US Military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) Policy A discriminatory policy to keep homosexual men and women from serving openly in the Armed Forces.

Origin of the Policy:

Origin of the Policy DADT policy was a resulting compromise between the Clinton administration and Congress in 1993. The president made a campaign promise to lift the ban on homosexuals from serving openly in the military.

US Military History on Homosexuals:

US Military History on Homosexuals Before WWI, there was no clear guidelines in dealing with homosexual soldiers in the US military. Individual commanders had absolute discretion, control and discipline of soldiers under their command . After WWI, mental professionals (psychiatrists) were beginning to develop models for personality disorders and they persuaded the Army that they can help identify and screen out men with personality disorders. Congress provided the military with the Uniform code of Military Justice ( UCMJ) to have cement the civilian control of the armed forces.

Related Issues on the Web:

Related Issues on the Web The issue of this policy is that it discriminates against some citizens of this country. It is a law that made it impossible for patriotic gay, lesbian or bisexual Americans to serve their country. The other issue is that this policy has been carried out, at times, in horrible ways by which gay, lesbian and bisexual service members have been discharged from the military. Military recruiters are barred from college campuses and so are ROTC programs.

Case of Discharges:

Case of Discharges There have been decorated gay, lesbian and bisexual service members with impeccable service records being discharged because of their sexuality. There have been Arabic linguists, Air Force pilots, high-ranking soldiers who are almost at the retirement mark . There have been issues with service members being “accused” of homosexual conducts, purely via rumors and subsequently being discharged . Lesbian baiting – discharges of female service members

Statistics on Discharges/Dismissals:

Statistics on Discharges/Dismissals According to Service members ' Legal Defense Network, more than 13,000 service members have been discharged in violation of DADT since the policy began during the Clinton administration. In fiscal 2006, women made up 17 percent of the Army but 35 percent of discharges under the "don't ask" law. One year later, women were 15 percent of Army members, yet discharges of women increased to 45 percent of the total. In the Air Force statistics reflect a similar trend. In fiscal 2007, 20 percent of Air Force members were women yet females made up 49 percent of discharges for homosexuality, up from 36 percent in 2006. No statistics were available for other branches of the military. Overall, the number of gay men and lesbians discharged in 2007 rose to 627 from 612 a year before, according to Pentagon statistics. Those figures represent a drop of about 50 percent from a peak in 2001, before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  According to the statistics, the Army in 2007 discharged 302 soldiers under the policy, up from 280 the year before. The Air Force dismissed 91 people, down from 102 in 2006.  The Navy discharged 166, the same as in 2006. The Marine Corps discharged 68, up from 64 in 2006.

Common Misconceptions of Gays:

Common Misconceptions of Gays Myth : Allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly will undermine unit cohesion and military readiness. Fact : Permitting openly gay and lesbian service personnel will not undermine cohesion or readiness, and the experiences of our allies are a good guide. Myth : Allowing openly gay service will reduce recruitment and retention rates. Fact : Openly gay service has never been shown to reduce recruitment or retention significantly.

Opposition to the Repeal of DADT:

Opposition to the Repeal of DADT Two major veterans groups have come out in opposition to Barack Obama's plan to repeal said, "The VFW is fully aware that societal norms regarding homosexuality have changed since the 1993 passage of [the ban], but what is considered acceptable by civilians must not be blindly imposed on a military institution that the great majority of society chooses not to join .” The Family Research Council, a prominent conservative group even argued that overturning the policy against gays in the military will increase "homosexual misconduct" - even "sexual bullying, male rape, and forcible sodomy" – in the armed services. Conservative members of Congress were dead set against lifting the ban. In the lead from this camp was Senator John McCain, who stated "Today is a very sad day," detailing his continuing opposition to lifting of the ban. He continued, "There will be high-fives over all the liberal bastions of America," he predicted, from "the elite schools that bar military recruiters from campus" to "the salons of Georgetown" and the "talk shows" where people -- "most of whom have never have served in the military" -- will crow over the law's repeal. "

FINALLY! Repeal of DADT:

FINALLY! Repeal of DADT One of the many promises that candidate Barack Obama made during the presidential campaign in 2008 was the promise to repeal DADT. "No longer will our country be denied the service of thousands of patriotic Americans who are forced to leave the military - regardless of their skills, no matter their bravery or their zeal, no matter their years of exemplary performance - because they happen to be gay. No longer will tens of thousands of Americans in uniform be asked to live a lie, or look over their shoulder in order to serve the country that they love."  - President Obama

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