In view of the controversial tactics the military employs to increase the number of recruits, as reported in this article on CNN.com, please consider pushing for elimination of the don't-ask-don't-tell ban on gays in the military.
ABC News reported on 7 April 2005 that Army Sgt. Robert Stout, a decorated officer, "is believed to be the first gay soldier wounded in Iraq to publicly discuss his sexuality."
Stout, 23, says he would re-enlist in the military if it wasn't for the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which permits gay men and women to serve in the armed forces if they keep their sexual orientation to themselves and abstain from homosexual activity.The ABC News article reported that in 2004, 653 soldiers were discharged under the DADT policy. If all of those soldiers served honorably otherwise, we have lost 653 good soldiers at a time when the military is scrambling to find more.
A recent congressional study on the impact of "don't ask, don't tell" said that hundreds of highly skilled troops, including many translators, have left the armed forces because of the rule.The DADT policy was an evolutionary step that was necessary in 1993, but in the twelve years since then, we as a society have moved past the need for it.