Among the instructions being passed on to servicemembers while they learn about how the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell isn’t going to change their lives is a reminder that if you are upset the law is going away, and homosexuals are going to be allowed to serve openly, RIGHT NEXT TO YOU, you don’t get to leave Uncle Sam behind.
I actually disagree with this. Bigoted hets shouldn’t necessarily be forced to serve openly with gays or lesbians if they don’t want to. They should have the option of early discharge, however wrong it is. I seriously doubt it would affect most military personnel.
Or, is there some slippery slope that I’m missing?
@TheRealAdam: If there were no adverse effects from leaving this way servicemembers would be leaving in droves, claiming homophobia to get out of their enlistments.
@Nathan: Well, perhaps there should be adverse effects for those leaving this way, to weed out the true bigots from the ones who just want a free pass to exit the military.
It may seem wrong in some ways. But these men and women sworn oaths and pledged to serve for a period of time. If individuals who are that offended want to leave, they can. But they will receive dishonorable discharges. Receiving none of the benefits of serving your time and/or an honorable discharge.
Give me a break. If soldiers could get out of the army simply by saying they’re opposed to the repeal of DADT than 98% of those saying so would only be using it as an excuse to get out serving.
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