Don T Ask Dont Tell Analysis

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: A critical look into the United States’ military policy on gay and lesbian soldiers, and why it should be repealed. Compiled by: Michael T. Johnson Prepared in fulfillment of the requirements for POL 497 Seminar: Post-Modern War, Spring 2009, Professor Opello History of anti-gay U.S. military policy Don’t ask, Don’t Tell has not always been on the books as a military directive. But in all reality, it has been more of an underlying tone since the beginning of America. As we see, the American Revolutionary War was a time when we saw the first instance of “homosexuality” banned. The military treated sodomy (which was then described as anal sex) as a sufficient ground for the dishonorable discharge of even the most decorated officers. Take for example, Lt. Frederick G Enslin. He was dishonorably discharged proceeding military charge of sodomy. George Washington, to the surprise of many, was not entirely thrilled about letting him go, but understood that the Articles of War must be upheld, it is said the Washington…show more content…
During some wartime challenges, the military has implemented more relaxed policies behind serving openly. It has been speculated that, the armed forces have retained homosexual (men) for one day in detention and make them renounce their homosexuality. While this is purely speculation, I happen to think it is true, knowing a little bit about the military and its sort of secretive ways. In 1981, the DOD issued a new directive that would make policy even stronger when a military person sued the military because of suspected homosexuality. It ensured that sufficient evidence must be brought to the court proceedings or the military would just give in. The Department gave the directive number 1332.14 in January of 1981. The directives language is as
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