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Court Rules Gays Can Not Automatically Discharged

A federal appeals court panel ruled the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law can only be applied after each case is treated as a separate entity. In the case of Maj. Margaret Witt, she was ordered to be reinstated and the court said the facts of her case must be developed to determine if her dismissal furthered the military’s stated goals of military readiness and troop harmony. Judge Ronald M. Gould wrote: “When the government attempts to invade upon the personal and private lives of homosexuals, the government must advance an important governmental interest, the intrusion must significantly further tha interest, and the intrusion must be necessary to further that interest.”

Major Witt served her country and even received a citation from President Bush which praised her “courage” and “airmanship.” She was dismissed based on a tip from an unknown source that she was involved in a love relation with a woman who was a civilian, not a member of the armed forces. It is time to end the unfair and unpatriotic rule about “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Deployment System In Tatters

One of the tragedies of the invasion of Iraq has ben the destruction of the deployment system for the American armed forces. There was a time when a soldier knew if he/she was going oversease for a year, he/she would be able to spend a year at least back in the states with family. Today, the deployment system can not guarantee anything. The Air Force is overhauling the deployment calendar for over half the active duty airmen. The new calendar dos away with the promise of four-month deployments for everyone, acknowledging that about half of all airmen will be gone for six months or more, and that they may deploy more often than once every 20 months.

The Air Force standard has been each airman deploying for four months once every 20 months. But that standard couldn’t keep up with the demands of filling all the demands for airmen with special talents. From now on, if an individual has the wrong job description it could mean more deployments and less time at home.