Gays In The Military

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Gays in the Military People have choices in life on what type of relationship they want to have. If they wish to be homosexual or heterosexual it should be alright. If only society could see things this way, life for people who chose to be gay would be much easier. I don’t claim to be an expert on an individual’s sexuality, but I would like to point out a few things as it relates to homosexuals being part of the military. The problem with gays in the military is that homosexual males that serve in a combat arms unit have a very hard time functioning in a unit where there are all male Soldiers. Male Soldiers are very homophobic and having a known gay Soldier in the unit would cause unnecessary problems. According to Shawver (n.d.), “military personnel often have to dress and toilet in close quarters. Just as it is privacy invasion for men to observe women undress so it is a privacy invasion for homosexuals to observe heterosexuals in states of undress” (para. 13). For females, this same problem exists; however, females are generally not as homophobic as males. There are many countries that have homosexuals among their ranks in the military and the issues that exist seem to be minimal. In fact, in October of 1992, Canada dropped their ban against gay Soldiers in the military. “The advocates of the ban predicted disaster, but nothing happened” (Shawver, n.d., para. 24). There has really been no data that supports that homosexual Soldiers in the military cause disruptions or interrupt normal operations. However, “evidence shows that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly is unlikely to pose any significant risk to morale, good order, discipline or cohesion” (Unknown, 2008, para. 2). The United States is at war right now and need qualified Soldiers to fight the Global War on Terrorism. Disqualifying a Soldier for being
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