Monday, December 20, 2010
DADT repeal presents more problems than it solves
The Senate this weekend voted to repeal DADT and lift the ban on gays serving openly in the military. My position as a former national guard member on allowing gays to serve is known, and as long as no special treatment is expected or given, I don't foresee any problems, but the minute somebody demands any special treatment because they are gay, then the jig is up. Still, a Pandora's box of questions about the long-term present themselves as they have in civilian life....
-What happens when a soldier tells his commander that he more identifies as a woman than a man. Can he start wearing a skirted uniform? How about transgendered soldiers?
-What will happen to the chain of command and unit discipline when a gay soldier is punished, but claims that it's just because he's gay?
-What about the inevitable problems that'll arise from the communal-style living of low-ranking enlisted soldiers? Showering? Will all base commanders be required to give gay soldiers private quarters to avoid problems?
I'm just saying, as long as gay soldiers kill the enemy as effectively as their straight comrades and keep their personal lives personal, there shouldn't be problems. But that's never how things play out.