Don't ask, Don't tell – A soldiers perspective

GQ has a great article about the US Military Don’t ask, Don’t tell policy on homosexuals in the military.

“Since I’m a single officer in the Marine barracks and I’ve got the highest security clearance you can get, I also serve at the White House in close quarters with President Bush and President Obama at social events. Very seldom was the president ever alone, but one time the president had said, ‘Go and get the vice president,’ and all the straphangers went, and the president went in the Blue Room and was just standing there waiting for Biden. And there was no Secret Service around or anything, and I went, ‘Fuck it, I’m going to go and talk to the president about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” ‘ He was looking out south—there’s an incredible view down past the Washington Monument to the Jefferson. And I just stepped in and said, ‘Sir?’ and he turned around and walks to me and I just started: ‘You know, sir, I want to let you know that there are a number of us that work very close to you who appreciate very much what you’re doing on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”—more than you probably realize.’ And he was shaking my hand, he looks up and it’s like…he got it. I said, ‘I want to thank you for this.’ And he goes, ‘No, I want to thank you. Thank you for your service, and thank you for your courage.’ “


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  • “Jack”

    I am a straight man, serving in the NZ Navy. I am currently serving on a ship, in the company of both men and woman who are openly homosexual. It was not like that when I joined, and I had wondered how an openly gay serviceperson would cope in an environment such as that found on a New Zealand Warship.

    You know what? It’s actually not a big deal, really, it’s not. It’s just that people on our ship have relationships with people of the same sex. It took a while to get through to some people, but in an outfit as supposedly “straigh”t up as the New Zealand Defence Force, it’s proven to be quite an open and accepting environment. After reading through the statements in the article that your post linked to, I found another reason to be very proud of the NZ Navy, and the NZ Defence Force.

    • That is such an awesome comment. Thank you for sharing. It makes me proud to hear it too.

  • P1LL

    I am a straight man, I have never had a problem with homosexuals (you are what you are ) This don’t ask don’t tell policy was a crock , defend your country risking your life but do not tell anyone you are gay. Good on Obama that comment “Thank you for your ser­vice, and thank you for your courage” is golden

  • Richard

    In the military it is all about putting the mission ahead of yourself. High maintenance people are for any and every reason a liability. Just don’t care who or what you are except to know you are there for the team, and will take one for the team. Diversity means being cross-trained.

    Truely effective and productive people from all walks of life practice this instinctively. The worthless find every reason to flag they are different. Translate this as an acknowledgment of inferiority. Stuff them sideways.

    • diabolos

      Yep – that about sums it up – and very well

  • Phronesis

    Not sure why anyone cares what people choose to shag. Even stranger that gays choose to define themselves by who they shag.

    • Dino

      er… Phronesis, we gay people do not “define” ourselves by who we “shag”, other narrow-minded and bigoted people do it for us. You are right however, no one should care one way or the other.