Don’t Ask Discharges Rise, Particularly For Women

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The military’s anti-gay Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell remains a blight on our nation’s armed services. Especially for the women:

The Army and Air Force discharged a disproportionate number of women in 2007 under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that prohibits openly gay people from serving in the military, according to Pentagon statistics gathered by an advocacy group.

While women make up 14 percent of Army personnel, 46 percent of those discharged under the policy last year were women. And while 20 percent of Air Force personnel are women, 49 percent of its discharges under the policy last year were women.

Over all, the number of gay men and lesbians discharged from the military 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.

The Pentagon released the numbers after Servicemember’s Legal Defense Network invoked the dreaded Freedom Of Information Act, which forced the government to confess their disgraceful sins.