Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Re DADT - Please continue to exhibit honor, integrity and moral courage.

As always, the men and women of our Armed Forces are the Nation’s most important strategic resource. Only a force of dedicated, highly educated and well-trained men and women capable of leveraging new ideas will succeed in the complex and fast-paced environment of future military operations. Moreover, this force must exhibit honor, integrity, competence, physical and moral courage, dedication to ideals, respect for human dignity, the highest standards of personal and institutional conduct, teamwork, and selfless service.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've never been involved in DADT proceedings, so please forgive this question if you think it's noob-ish: How would a commander make a positive finding under section 2(b)(2) unless the member disclosed his sexuality, either through words or actions? Would a commander make a finding that someone was homosexual based on the claims of a 3rd party in the face of the member's denial?

Captain - Special Duty Cryptology said...

I have seen suggestions that we use prior sexual and racial integration as the guide for LGBT integration into the military. Considering how dismally that was accomplished previously, I would recommend a fresh approach. I would hate to see the Navy issue a "Guide to Command of LGBT Personnel" as they did for Negro Naval personnel in 1945.

http://www.history.navy.mil/library/online/guide_negro_personnel.htm

bigsoxfan said...

I'm sorry, but I cannot consider any of the terms mentioned in your post title along with what is sexual deviance. Good luck selling that.

Susan E said...

IMHO, the best person for the job is the best person for the job - man/woman, black/white/purple, atheist/Christian/Jew/Wickan, or LGBT.

I will take a LGBT person who can shoot straight and wants to serve OUR country than someone less competent.

No one is asking you to agree or approve of anyone's lifestyle choice or "deviance" as you call it. The revocation of DADT directs that you remain professional in spite of your thoughts on the matter.

There have been and continue to be many people of different sorts who have served our country with honor; you just may not have known it.

Susan E said...

IMHO, the best person for the job is the best person for the job - man/woman, black/white/purple, atheist/Christian/Jew/Wickan, or LGBT.

I want a servicemember who can accomplish the mission. I will accept help from a person trying to pull me out of the ocean, regardless of their color, political/religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. Coming out of the drink up the rope, I'd be damn glad to see 'em. "Nah, put me back in the water, I don't want to take help from no n*gger/f*g/split tail." Does that sound reasonable? And likewise, I would help them if they are my shipmates.

There have always been and continue to be many people of different sorts of people you may not have approved of who have already served our country with honor, courage, and commitment; you just may not have known who they were. We don't know everything about everybody - perhaps there are things you do behind closed doors that others might consider "deviant" if they knew about it. Does that make you a worse Sailor, if it is not illegal?

No one is asking you to agree with or approve of anyone's lifestyle choice or deviance as you call it. The revocation of DADT directs that ALL servicemembers remain professional.