'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy: Is It Time to Talk?
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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For 15 years, the United States military has struggled with effectively executing the Dont Ask, Dont Tell policy that governs the conduct of homosexuals within its ranks. Since its inception, more than 12,000 men and women have been discharged from military rolls. This paper argues that it is time to repeal the policy by demonstrating how it is incompatible with current laws and contradicts existing military core values. The discourse begins with an overview of Title 10 law concerning homosexuality and its inconsistency with established policy. It highlights the strategic challenges of maintaining a policy that runs counter to U.S. military values. In addition, the paper examines issues at the heart of the debate over homosexuality in the Armed Forces. Finally, the paper makes no direct recommendation as to whether homosexuals should serve openly in the military, but it does offer points of consideration in reexamining this sensitive issue.
- Sociology and Law
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations