Those who know me, know that I support allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the military. The current policy has not worked and even led to problems including personnel shortages that suspiciously match the number of soldiers dismissed under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. These shortages of course led to the use of “stop loss” which is further discouraging current military personnel from staying in the military after being overly burdened by extended duties and dissuading potential recruits who fear being embroiled in such a situation themselves. More important to me is simply ending a policy that accomplishes absolutely nothing except to deny American citizens the right to willingly defend their nation, a policy that actually weakens military preparedness.
Now will gays be allowed to serve openly in the military any time soon? I suspect so, either through President-elect Obama or the military leadership finally acknowledging the policy’s failure. The gays are already serving and always have been. Why not allow them the same dignity as heterosexuals. In the end I think people will find that sexual orientation matters very little.