Former Infantry Man's Opinion on DADT
Written by Laura Stevens
Have you ever had to make a tough decision? Neither option clearly right or wrong...or was it? Many have recently faced this dilemma regarding the repeal of the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) Act.
The DADT prohibited military personnel from discriminating against or harassing closeted homosexual or bisexual service members, but barred openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual persons from military service. On September 20, 2011 the DADT was officially repealed. Now gays and lesbians can serve openly, but they still have to abide by some standards involving public displays of affection.
So what does this mean to you? Should Christians be against this repeal? Will it really make a difference? How do you think this will affect the morale of the military?
A former infantry man, Caleb Murphy, shared his opinion on the repeal of this act.
“The mindset of the common soldier in a combat job is much different than the mindset of a soldier who serves in a support job, so the repeal of DADT might not affect the morale of a support job unit. However, it will affect a combat unit. Guys in combat units are aggressive, love to fight, and cocky. Imagine what happens when a soldier like that is hit on by a gay man...Here's another problem. Two male soldiers are in a relationship, the platoon is ambushed and one of the men in the relationship gets shot. Is the surviving partner going to be able to focus on gaining fire superiority and killing the enemy or is his mind going to be on whether or not his partner is going to make it? I think there are plenty of issues with this repeal. Living as an enlisted man, you don't have much personal privacy, and I think that straight soldiers are going to have a hard time sharing a fighting position or using the shower trailer...while knowing that a gay soldier might be checking them out. To close, I think this is going to cause a lot more problems than President Obama and some of the higher ranking officers who sit in chairs all day think that it will. The Army actually has rules stating that straight soldiers should try to keep their sexual habits to themselves as much as possible, and I think this should apply to homosexuals as well.”
After hearing what an enlisted man has to say, what are your thoughts?