Why Is This A Big Deal?

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President Obama, during his run for President, promised that if he was elected the military policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell” would be repealed and that homosexuals would be allowed to serve openly in our US military. As we know, Obama was elected and he followed through with his promise as earlier this year the “don’t ask, don’t tell” was repealed. The purpose of this essay is to answer the question, why is this a big deal? How will it work? How will it be implemented in the military? Over the next few pages I hope to provide you insight into this controversial issue by providing you the background surround the laws covering homosexuals serving in the military, the argument from both sides of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal, and finally how the implementation will occur in the military and what will be the problems when they finally put the new rules into effect. In order to understand the argument surrounding “don’t ask, don’t tell” it is important to understand the history of the rules and laws concerning homosexual service in our military. Prior to 1993, the US Military did not allow homosexuals to serve. Any person who was suspected of being homosexual was investigated and if it was found to be true, the member was discharged from the military. If a military member admitted to being homosexual they were separated. The policy was strict and very black and white; homosexuality was not allowed in the military. That changed in 1993, when the “don’t ask,
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