I had been in the Air Force for 16 years when “Uncle Bill” instituted this policy. Up until that time, I only knew of one lesbian who had served alongside me. The military kicked her out when they found out. There was nothing about Heidi that warranted that other than the military rules. If you didn’t know, you wouldn’t have known. She did her job and she did it well.
It turns out that years later after we’d both gotten out of the Air Force, I found out that my one-time best friend Tom was gay. We’d spent many hours and days together and I didn’t have a clue. He was a security policeman so I could see how his being openly gay at this small base may have caused issues. But he did his job and he did it well.
Even years later, I found out the bubbly and happy Kathy was a lesbian. Wow! All around me and I didn’t have a clue. Well, that’s part of the point.
Gays and lesbians in the military can do the job and just because they may out themselves or be outed by others is no reason to disregard their qualifications. It’s quite possible that there are those who serve who are known or suspected of being gay or lesbian, but they’re safe as long as the military “doesn’t find out”. That’s ridiculous.
As shocking as this may seem to those who claim to know me, I cannot support the DADT policy and agree with many that it is time to repeal the position. Along with that move, gays and lesbians should be allowed to openly serve in the military. You see, repealing DADT doesn’t automatically allow anyone to serve. It just means business goes back to how it was prior to 1994.
There are military rules on behavior that apply to heterosexuals and hetero couples, those same rules should apply to homosexuals and homosexual couples. In short, don’t treat anyone differently.
If North Korea or Iran decide to engage us in war, I don’t think anyone here will really care about the sexual orientation of those putting their lives on the line to protect the lives of other Americans.