Petraeus Aide Sgt. Maj. Marvin Hill: If You Can’t Serve With Gays, Get The Hell Out Of the U.S. Armed Forces

If there are people who cannot deal with the change, then they’re going to have to do what’s best for their troops and best for the organization and best for the military service and exit the military service, so that we can move forward — if that’s the way that we have to go. … We know that if there is a change, that that change will have to be led, and it’s going to have to be led by senior leaders such as myself and — and others across the battlefield. Senior leaders are the ones [that are] going to set the tone in the unit and enable the unit to move forward.

—Command Sergeant Major Marvin Hill, a senior aide to NATO’s Afghanistan commander David Petraeus (pictured R-L), in an interview that airs tomorrow on Washington Watch. If Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was a way to rid the military of openly gay soldiers, its repeal is a way to rid the military of openly bigoted soldiers. [via]

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  • kernelt

    bravo Maj. I’ve been waiting for that for sometime now, instead of excuses that it’s too hard or too complicated to enact. It’s the role of leadership to lead and implement change as well as management, if you can’t do it than don’t be in the leadership position.

  • John

    Why are you insulting this good man by addressing him with an officer’s rank? He is a senior NCO, a SERGEANT Major, and works for a living.

  • On The Road

    If this *AFRICAN-AMERICAN* man were opposing our rights, there would be an entire page of comments about how blacks are all a bunch of homo-oppressing thugs.

    Too bad this article doesn’t fit neatly into their stereotype. The Sergeant Major is a man of great character and deserves our praise.

  • Jake the libertarian

    @John: LOL! I love you NCO’s… so touchy!

  • Jake the libertarian

    @On The Road: And let the race baiting begin….

  • Kev C

    He’s speaking common sense. If you can’t do your job because of your religion or your personal issues, we don’t want you in the military.

  • Ted B. (Charging Rhino)

    “…Command Sergeant Major, is the senior enlisted advisor to the commanding officer and carries with it certain ceremonial functions such as caring for the unit’s colors (flag). Additionally, they serve as monitors of, and advocates for, the enlisted men in the command. Because the Command Sergeant Major represents all of the enlisted soldiers in the command, he or she does not wear the collar insignia of his or her career specialty (e.g., infantry, quartermaster, intelligence, inter alia), but instead wears the Command Sergeant Major collar insignia.” -Wikipedia

    As the Command Sergeant Major, CSM Marvin Hill is an important and influential voice within the US expeditionary force in Afghanistan’s command staff as the enlisted troop’s advocate and the representing the enlisteds’ perspective and point-of-view in personnel and living-conditions.

  • Mark

    @John: Relax! Civilians don’t understand military ranking and do make errors. It’s not the end of the world. And don’t flame me as I have family in the military!

  • Mark

    @On The Road: Ya know what, I didn’t even notice the colour of his skin when I was reading the article – I don’t really pay attention to things like that. What I do pay attention to is pettiness and narrow minded opinions – those come from all skin colours….and seems the whites are pretty damn good at it.

  • YeahButNoBut

    @Mark: Understood, but it’s enormously frustrating to servicemembers when civilians don’t understand very simple differences such as the officer-enlisted delineation. Can we call this a learning moment?

    Regardless, this guy is a champ. He’s the command Sergeant Major for the entire ISAF force, which means that he’s the senior enlisted man for all American and coalition forces in the battle-space. Good reading on him at the ISAF website:



  • John

    @Mark: FLAME! Just kidding. I’m relaxed, just pointing out an error that drives servicemembers and vets nuts when we see it. I see that Queerty fixed it so it’s all good now.

  • RLS

    and off-topic, he’s kind of a hot daddy, too.

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