As the debate in America continues about the military code of “dont ask, don’t tell” continues, a survey was done by the Pentagon to find out exactly how those serving feel about the policy of silencing gay soldiers. The results of that survey show out of all branches of the Armed Forces that the Marine corp just ain’t with it.
…the survey found resistance to repealing the ban strongest among the Marines, according to The Washington Post. It’s an attitude apparently shared by their top leader, Commandant Gen. James Amos, who has said that the government should not lift the ban in wartime.
Sgt. David Trentham said allowing gays to serve openly could become a distraction for units engaged in combat.
“I just think it would complicate things,” said Trentham, 24, of Sevierville, Tenn. “If you have two homosexuals in a unit, they could have a relationship and if they broke it off, is that going to cause the mission to fail because they are having problems?”
Can you imagine a platoon of soldiers in a foxhole with bullets and grenades whizzing past, and there are two men arguing over who forgot to set the Tivo to record Oprah??? It’s not a good look to say the least.
But in the end, Lt. Col. Hackett says every good Marine follows orders, and “if that’s what the president orders, I can tell you by God we’re going to excel above and beyond the other services to make it happen and be damn good at it.”
There have always been and always will be gays in the military, and regardless of sexual orientation there is a job to be performed and all of our lives are at risk. Although we agree that openly gay soldiers may cause alienation, these men and women are a lot braver than a lot of straight people that don’t have the courage to go fight.
How do you feel about the “don’t ask, dont tell” policy???