How does Sarah Wilson come up with a figure of 66,000 homosexuals in the military in her Letter to the Editor of Dec. 3? Who counted them?
The recent Pentagon study she cites has been proven flawed by the way the question was asked so the pro-homosexual administration could get the answer they desired. Today (Dec. 3), Marine Corp Commandant Gen. James Amos and other military generals said "recruiting and retention would suffer" if "Don't Ask Don't Tell" were ended. Would military generals know more about homosexuals in the military than Sarah Wilson?
When I joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1952 "gays" were called "sodomites" in the Uniform Code of Military Justice as I recall reading it on the Camp Pendleton information board. Also, it was stipulated that they be discharged immediately if their sexual orientation were discovered. Has the UCMJ wording been changed?
I believe if this change is enacted it will greatly reduce the number of enlistees in the military. Call me "homophobic" if you think it fits, but there is no way I would have joined the Marines or any other branch of the service if I thought I would have possibly found myself in the kind of open showers we had in those days with a homosexual.
Ron Blough, Hoonah
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