'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' protected all service personnel

Posted: Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My son serves in the military and after a lengthy discussion I am convinced our lawmakers have demonstrated poor judgment by repealing "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy.

The military does not require men and women to shower or to sleep together. The lack of sexual privacy, as well as sex between male and female soldiers, undermines unity, order, discipline, and morale. That is why the sexes are segregated in their living accommodations. I would imagine most military personnel find being stripped of privacy before the opposite sex to be offensive in the same way, most heterosexuals dislike being exposed to homosexuals of the same sex. If we respect women's need for privacy from men, then we ought to respect heterosexuals' need for privacy with regard to homosexuals.

The U.S. armed forces. must be controlled by category to guarantee consistent quality. That's why the U.S. military, with the consent of Congress, discriminates by categories when recruiting. Our military leaders with over 230 years of experience discovered groups of people that best necessitate tough military requirements; therefore, the military discriminates to protect its combat effectiveness: moral character, physical fitness, medical, associations, age, education and citizenship.

By repealing DADT, the protection for both gays and heterosexuals are vulnerable to radical gay rights advocates/activists who want to use the military to advance an agenda. Sectors of the homosexual community are very politically active and litigious. That sector seeks to force the U.S. military to embrace its radical views no matter the consequences. They want the military to repeal the law against sodomy in the Uniform Code of Military Justice, recognize same-sex partners, set quotas for homosexual recruitment, and give special protection for homosexuals. According to my son, most military personnel he serves with are not concerned with a person's sexual preference, as long as they do their job and not purport private matters such as homosexuality.

Military policies should be based on the reality of the harsh battlefield and not on the values of a more progressively liberal society. Our culture may have become more tolerant of homosexuals, but that acceptance should have no bearing on the military, which must continue to be extremely disciplined in order to function in an environment visible by possible death, severe living conditions and minimal privacy.

A recent opinion survey show 63 percent of active duty and retired military families oppose overturning DADT. While the American public is divided over open homosexuality in the military, this information shows the people who matter most, the men and women in uniform who are willing to put their lives on the line for us, are overwhelmingly opposed to changing the law.

It is disturbing to think that some lawmakers imagine they know more about the policy than our top military brass and the voices that significantly matter in this debate, which overwhelmingly validate DADT should stay in place.

Elaina Spraker


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