Petty Officer Jason Knight claims he was separated from the service because he was a homosexual. He had served four years and been considered an excellent member of the service, but openly acknowledged his gay feelings. His request for an extension was refused.
According to a 2005 study by the Government Accountability Office, 755 of gay discharges are listed as “honorable.” Knight received an honorable discharge and there is no listing in any document that he engaged in homosexual activity, but his enlistment bonus was taken back and his wages garnished to make up for what he had spent.
Now, for the fascinating conclusion of this story. In July, 2006, Knight received the following communication:
“UNDER PARTIAL MOBILIZATION AUTHORITY OF REFERENCE (A) YOU ARE HEREBY ORDERED TO REPORT TO ACTIVE DUTY… FOR A PERIOD OF 365 DAYS”
Let me get this straight. Jason Knight was refused an opportunity to re-enlist and serve his country because he had not hidden he was gay, and now he is being called to service by his country which didn’t want him? I think at this point in time with Bush insisting on more and more soldiers, the armed forces should be willing to take anyone who is willing to risk life and limb.
Information from Stars & Stripes