Essay about United States Army and Homosexuality Tolerance

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United States Army and Homosexuality Tolerance


This integrated portfolio project will explore the United States Army position on homosexuals within its confines. It will briefly define what homosexuality and its' affect on the military environment. It will explore the problems it causes and why it is a cultural discomfort within the U.S. Armed Forces. Additionally, it will reveal different attitudes held within the services and divulge steps that are taken to deal with those attitudes. Finally, it will provide a synopsis of the probable future disposition of the homosexual in the military.

US Army and the Homosexual propensity


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(U.S Army, 1999)

In 1993, Congress made a finding that any engagement, attempts to engage in or soliciting another to engage in homosexual acts is grounds for discharge from the military. It was decided those who have demonstrated a tendency to engage in homosexual acts creates an unacceptable risk to morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion. Therefore, the long-standing element of military law that prohibits homosexual conduct continues to be necessary in the unique circumstances of military service. It was at the discretion of Congress that applicants should not be asked about homosexuality as part of the processing of individuals entering into the Armed Forces, which were deemed by the Secretary of Defense that such questions are necessary. Applicants for military service are no longer asked about their sexual orientation. The Army policy became a balance of the legal prohibition of homosexual conduct while maintaining the privacy rights of soldiers.

The issue of gays in the military has been a hot political issue ever since the beginning of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Normally, liberals sought to allow gays to openly serve in the armed forces, while conservatives
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