Women Should Be Allowed In The Military Essay

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English 1102 Why gay men and women should be allowed in the military Since the “Don’t ask, Don’t tell policy” came into place in 1993, more than 13,000 troop members have been discharged due to their sexual orientation (Shanker). This staggering statistic leaves many Americans wondering how the policy works and is it being used effectively? The United States Military’s “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” policy should be repealed because it is a hardship on American taxpayers, it would increase troop numbers, and increase America’s strength morally. The United States Military’s “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” policy was introduced in 1993 by former President Bill Clinton. While Clinton was campaigning for the Presidency, he had promised to allow all citizens regardless of sexual orientation to serve openly in the military (Shanker). This was a departure from the then complete ban on those who are not heterosexual. Congress rejected the concept and in effect Clinton established the policy through executive order in December 1993. People are different. People have always been different; this isn’t a new concept. These differences are what make our society so unique and diverse. These differences range from physical appearance to political opinion to sexual orientation. Our society has constantly been confronted with these differences and has continued to…show more content…
Many senior military officials and a majority of the American public opposed this move at the time. When Clinton was elected, the issue of allowing gays in the military was on the top of his list; however, when the White House attempted to unilaterally repeal the ban stumbled and congress passed a law to keep openly gay men and women from serving (Webley). Gays were allowed to serve so long as they kept quiet about their sexual orientation. Thus the phrase “Don’t

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