There are an estimated 65,000 members of the armed forces currently on active duty who probably fit into the classification of being either gay or lesbian. A recent article in the top Pentagon journal, “Joint Force Quarterly” by a student at the National Defense University urged the end of the infamous “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Colonel Om Prakash argues in his article there is no reason to continue a policy that makes no sense in the current world. As he points out:
1. Most polls indicate a majority of Americans support the presence of gays and lesbians in the armed forces.
2. The armed forces have lost about 12,000 excellent soldiers due to the policy.
3. There is no evidence having gays and lesbians in the armed forces would create social problems for other soldiers.
4. Commanders have more problems trying to implement the current policy than it is worth.
The journal emphasized Prakash’s article did not represent views of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but there is some evidence they are ready to change policy. End the stupidity of throwing out excellent members of the armed forces when 99% of Americans do not wish to serve their country.