Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Just Discharge

Since the current, “don’t ask, don’t tell,” policy dealing with gays and lesbians was introduced in the 1990s, over 13,000 members of the armed forces have been discharged, apparently for telling rather than remaining silent. In 2009, although females represent 14% of the US Army, they accounted for 48% discharged according to the policy and they represented 23% of those discharged in the Marine Corps although only representing 6% of those in the ranks. Overall, 428 were discharged which represents a drop from the 619 who were separated in 2008. Of those who were discharged less than 10% were officers. It is always fascinating reading these statistics since there rarely are reports of assaults by gays and lesbians and almost no examples of how their actions impaired the military from performing their duties.

At a time of national crisis, it behooves the military to retain experienced personnel, gay, lesbian, cross dressing or what. One is left wondering what those who were discharged actually did to warrant being given the boot?