From now on 3 years is 3 years…

Posted: December 24, 2010 by datechguy in opinion/news

Bryan Fischer brings up a point concerning DADT repeal that frankly I hadn’t thought of:

Well, all that’s gone now, both for gays and straights willing to tell odious lies about themselves. If a homosexual signs up now, he’s stuck with the whole magilla. Go to your superior officer now and say, hey, I’m a flaming homosexual, I hate the army, let me out of here, the superior officer will say, tough darts, those days are gone. You’re stuck with us now, Nancy-boy.

Well it’s not like the majority of discharges for homosexuality were people trying to get out…were they?

According to the Pentagon, “approximately 85% of discharges for homosexual conduct have been made on the basis of statements by the Service member.”

And even more distressing for our would-be limp-wristed enlistees, the Pentagon adds helpfully that “approximately one quarter of these discharges have occurred in the first four months of a Service member’s service.”

In other words, homosexuals – or people who suddenly discovered latent homosexual tendencies when they could use it to parachute out of the military – signed up for the all-volunteer army, got a few weeks into basic and said, forget this noise. I’m outtahere. All they had to do was admit they were gay – whether they were or not – and they got their walking papers along with an honorable discharge.

I actually didn’t realize that those numbers were so high, nor did I know that the discharge given was “honorable” which opens many doors. I would have thought those figures might be significant to report, but then again that wouldn’t have suited the media’s agenda would it and unlike myself the media was not so neutral in this fight.

How many deployments into a war zone were avoided by a simple declaration? The question now becomes how many people who may now no longer able to get an honorable discharge will have to seek other means to escape a life they don’t want?

Mr. Fischer phraseology may be a bit pejorative but his point is well made; if you are going to join the military make sure you want to be there because the easy out is now gone.

Exit questions: On CPAN today they mentioned that 30% of the military had an issue with repealing DADT; If even half of that 30% doesn’t stay that’s a quarter of a million troops. If you combine that tidbit with the majority of military recruits being from religious rather than the secular culture, what will this do to the country’s recruitment efforts to replace that say 15%? This is no longer a question of theory so we’d better have an answer to this question. I suspect the answer that will be forthcoming will be the draft.

The real question that nobody wants to ask is this: if this does hurt our ability to field a force and fight in the field, is this considered a bug or a feature to those who pushed this policy?

  1. Roxeanne de Luca says:

    Well, this also shows that the alleged “losses” of servicemembers who are gay are not actually harming the military (well, not really). It’s not as if the millitary is losing people who are eager to serve; they are losing people who want out.

    Women have long gotten knocked up in order to go home early; men, apparently, have their exit routes, too.

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