Dont Ask Dont Tell

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In 1950, President Harry Truman signed the uniform code of military justice, which set up discharge rules for homosexual service members ( – A history of don’t ask don’t tell 2010). In 1982, a defense directive from Ronald Reagan stated that “ Homosexuality is incompatible with military service” and that people who state that they’re bisexual were discharged. In 1993, Bill Clinton issued a defense directive that military applicants should not be asked about their sexual orientation which later became known as the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. In 2010, the Senate voted 65-31 to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, which ended the 17 year-old ban on gays serving openly in the military. Retired U.S Army Colonel, Dave Bedey, discusses why he was against the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy with the Washington post in an e-mail interview. The article “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Against Repeal of Policy” is a copy of Bedey’s conversation with the Washington post. In the article “Don’t ask Don’t tell: Against Repeal of Policy” Dave Bedey begins by discussing how Obama’s state defense officials will inform the Senate, that the disciplinary action against gay service members will no longer be forcefully pursued. Bedey discusses his views on the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Bedey states that he opposes “because of the risk that open service by homosexuals poses to unit cohesion and more importantly, to the stability of the larger military community that supports those units” (para. 3). Bedey also mentions “unit cohesion is at risk, which is the bond that enables combat effectiveness” (para. 13). Another risk would be the military community. Bedey mentions how the military community is much more conservative and attached to traditional values than the society at large. Given the President’s endorsement of full federal rights to the same-sex
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