My grandfather, who served on the front lines of racial integration during the Korean War, would turn in his grave right now if he heard that senior military and congressional leadership were going to let homosexuals serve openly in the military. This issue has no parallels to the racial integration of our military during the 1950s. Show me the gene that conclusively determines the sexual orientation of a person.
Until social leftists began taking over the American Medical Psyciatric community, homosexuality was listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as a sexual deviation along with fetishism, pedophilia, transvestitism, voyeurism, sadism and masochism. The decisions to pursue the open integration of sexual deviants within our military is seen by myself and others in the military as a purely leftists political maneuver with no regard for what is best for our national defense. Allowing homosexuals to openly serve in the military will pose huge health, logistical, recruitment and Constitutional challenges.
It’s been clearly demonstrated that homosexuals have a lower life expectancy and typically have to deal with a range of maladies related to their lifestyle that most heterosexuals do not have to deal with. Is our military medical system ready to accommodate the short-term and long-term additional funding requirements necessary to deal with such medical challenges?
As a commander, I won’t require that a heterosexual share the same room or personal living space as an open homosexual for the same reasons I wouldn’t require a heterosexual man and woman to live in the same room. Furthermore, I won’t require two homosexuals to share the same room for similar concerns.
I think it’s safe to say that the majority of military personnel serving in our military come from a Judeo-Christian background. How closely they adhere to the moral guidelines espoused by their religion varies significantly. Many, to include myself take most of what the Bible teaches very seriously. The Bible it lists homosexuality as an immoral practice. If the military is going to contradict the values that many Americans continue to grow up believing in, than I think we’re going to see greater challenges recruiting the numbers of quality recruits needed to maintain our force. The number of people we lose every year due to their chosen homosexual deviancy will pale in comparison to the numbers of potential quality recruits we’d fail to commit to serving.
I personally believe that homosexuality is morally wrong. Furthermore, I believe that adultery is morally wrong. I’m not afraid to let my subordinates know that homosexuality and adultery are unhealthy and immoral practices. Allowing homosexuals to openly serve in the military cannot prevent me from advising Soldiers and military personnel that such a lifestyle is morally and physically unhealthy. We can’t arbitrarily change the values base of the military because politicians want to use the military as a test sample for experimentation with integrating sexual deviants in every level of society. Will I be discriminated against, because I believe in the Judeo-Christian moral construct that provides the moral foundation our Nation and military was established upon? How will my career prospects look in our military’s future? Will the military attempt to force me to believe and speak things which I know are fundamentally untrue?
The historical Judeo-Chrisitian influence in our military is undeniable. From George Washington praying at Valley Forge to our troops seeking the Lord’s protection and guidance prior to our recent invasion of Iraq, allowing homosexuals to openly serve will conflict with the values of many currently serving in our military. What would the great military leaders of our recent past think of this course of action? What would President Eisenhower think of this? How about General Abrams? How many of our past military leaders throughout the generations would support allowing homosexuals to serve in our military?
I am categorically opposed to homosexuals openly serving in the United States military. Undeniably, there are homosexuals serving in the military, but the defense of this Nation must not be secondary or subjected to those wishing to use the military as a venue to express and promote their sexual deviancies. Revoking “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” would be viewed by myself and many of my peers as a purely political decision having no real intrinsic value toward improving our Nation’s defense or ability to achieve military objectives throughout the world. Please don’t acquiesce to political special interest groups and stand firm in protecting the good morale, unit cohesion, good order, and discipline of today’s military.
In many respects, life in the military is very different than life in the civilian sector. We are often required to serve in arduous and difficult conditions and complete very challenging mission requirements in remote and non-remote areas all over the world. Understandably, the military requires a number of regulations and policies prohibiting immoral behaviors such as adultery, open homosexuality and theft to name a few. There are many rules and regulations in our military which clearly encourage good morale and enforce unit cohesion, good order, and discipline.
Fundamentally, I think we have to ask a simple question. Will allowing homosexuals to openly serve in our military improve our national defense? To me, the answer is a simple resounding “no”. The policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has been successful since its implementation. Please do not compromise our Nation’s defense by revoking or modifying its enforcement. The only modification of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy I could recommend would involve reverting back to the original policy of categorically banning all homosexuals from serving in the nation’s military. Not allowing homosexuals to openly serve in the military has helped uphold the morale, good order, and discipline of our Nation’s military during all of the Wars our Nation has been involved in.
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