Lifestyle Declaration in the Armed Services

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In 1993 President Bill Clinton signed a law that set the policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t pursue, and don’t harass” when dealing with homosexuals serving in the Armed Services. The policy was a compromise to allow homosexuals to legally serve in the military as long as they did not declare their lifestyle or engage in conduct that was in violation of military good order and discipline. Supporters viewed the law as a step forward in achieving equal rights for homosexuals. Opponents remained concerned that the policy could jeopardize morale and unit effectiveness. “The Joint Chiefs, including the chairman, had all came out against the president on gays serving in the military” (Gates 440). Over time the military was able to adapt to the new policy and restore force readiness. In 2010 the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was repealed and homosexuals were given the opportunity to openly serve in the military. The Joint Chiefs once again objected and questioned the timing of the change. Many believe the repeal was politically motivated and a bad idea that would add additional disruption to an already strained fighting force. Every new service member must go through Basic Training for up to 12 weeks depending on the branch of service. The purpose of Basic Training is to indoctrinate the new service member into the ways of military life. New service members are taught to work as a group and set aside their individual thoughts and ideas. Strict obedience to military standards

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