illustrated guides

Army’s 32-Page DADT Comic Book Teaches Soldiers How to Deny Being a Homogay

I have no idea why we were never sent a copy of Dignity And Respect, the 2001 comic that taught soldiers about how to handle an accusation of being a homosexual. And it was an official publication of the Army, you say?

Hoping to educate the troops about proper conduct under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the illustrated guide walks soldiers through the difference between appropriate and inappropriate behavior, coming out, and what sort of “conduct” is permissible. There are story lines, plot twists, and beautiful cartoon shading! The whole thing is 32 pages, but I wanted to share with you the scene that explains what happens a gay soldier can’t resist coming out to senior officers.

It’s almost as handy as this official Defense Department video explaining what to do if you’re among the 400,000 troops who received a DADT survey!

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21 Comments

  • CT

    In one word: Kafkaesque

  • Mark

    Reprehensible!

  • L.

    This si silly. What we really need is a comic drawn by a 9-year old which explains what happens a gay soldier can’t resist coming *on* to senior officers.

  • Kev C

    Wanda Sykes would be good as Cpt. Smith.

  • jack

    if every soldier was gay there would be no war

  • Alexander A.

    This was just awful! One of the worst pornos I’ve ever read! Great, now I’m angry AND horny!

  • jon

    YAY AMERICA YOU ROCK!!! F America.

  • Sceth

    Oh, so they’ll “be able to discern by… education level…” That’ll be a deal breaker. Anyway, I’d like to get my hands on a military CAC.

  • Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com

    It’s a LIE from the its very cover. Despite persistent Pentagon propaganda to the contrary, including claims found in their heinous current push poll, DADT isn’t just about “conduct”…if they think/if you admit you simply are gay you get discharge unless you can “prove” you never have nor never will engage in “homosexual conduct.”

    Yet it’s a bittersweet irony that the guide assigns the name of “Gates” to the soldier presumed to be gay given Robert Gates [tho he wasn’t SECDEF when this came out] has been, empowered by Obama, the biggest obstacle to discharges ending and the creator of the $4.4 million Frankenstein poll meant to find excuses to perpetuate the ban.

  • randy

    I don’t know who this insults more — gays, enlisted personnel, or officers. Certainly I am, and I’m just a civilian gay!

    I did learn one thing, though. Many people claim that the numbers of discharged under DADT is inflated because there are a lot of straight people who just claim to be gay to get out of the military. Now I know that if you claim you are gay, the military must conduct an inquiry to determine whether it is legitimate. So if it’s true that people can get out of the military just by claiming they are gay, it’s in an indictment on the fact that someone higher up isn’t doing his job.

    But I wonder what the questions are? How do you determine if a self-proclaimed gay or lesbian really is? Now THAT would be funny!

  • Brian Miller

    You have to love the absolutely Orwellian title of the comic: “Dignity and Respect.”

  • Charles

    @jack: We’re that true, the world would likely wind up in a giant cat fight.

  • Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com

    This “guide” probably also led to some being discharged because they believed its other BIG LIE: that anything one told his/her chaplain was confidential.

    In 2001, conversations with chaplains were NOT officially “confidential” as several who got discharged because their chaplain outed them learned the proverbial hard way. As of March 25th, chaplains are officially SUPPOSED to not do that but anyone who’s ever met or read about the obsessive behavior of a minister who believes Jebus wants him to fight the Sodomites knows that’s no guarantee. While they did not specify which of the new regs were involved, SLDN has reported that gay servicemembers are STILL being discharged as the result of circumstances related to the “old” rules.

  • Steve

    @Randy
    The number of discharges is actually underreported:
    http://servicemembersunited.org/?p=2557

    It also doesn’t account for untold thousands who leave voluntarily after their contracts are up.

  • B

    No. 1 · CT wrote, “In one word: Kafkaesque” … rather, it shows why they need some time to implement a repeal to DODT. They have to come up with a new set of comic books for entry-level personnel. You can’t explain abstract principles and expect them to get it – they need examples and it takes time to figure out the best ones to show. That’s probably what the survey is for.

  • B

    No. 1 · CT wrote, “In one word: Kafkaesque” … rather, it shows why they need some time to implement a repeal to DADT. They have to come up with a new set of comic books for entry-level personnel. You can’t explain abstract principles and expect them to get it – they need examples and it takes time to figure out the best ones to show. That’s probably what the survey is for.

  • boredwell

    Hey, let’s just kick out the homophobic soldiers.

  • AxelDC

    This is why the Pentagon needs $700 billion a year?

  • Woody

    I dont get the logic behind DADT. it just seems stupid. like really really stupid.

  • Bill Perdue

    @B: This comic book is a sick joke.

    The only kind of example that would put a damper on bigotry in the military would be the example of prosecuting and jailing everyone involved in harassment or violence against LGBT folks and women including the general officers commanding the units. There are no examples like that and none can be expected.

    Instead of waiting a few more months (or years) for more fake ‘studies’ and ‘surveys’ asking who does or does not approve of bigotry and violence against LGBT folks and women in the military we need to fight for the total and immediate repeal of DADT which is simply military bigotry codified into law.

    What is the reasoning behind ‘B’ defense of waiting until the military brass is prepared to end DADT?

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    End the harassment and violence now. Repeal DADT now.

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