Military Gay Ban Revisited: Is our Military Ready for Change?
MARINE CORPS COMBAT DEVELOPMENT COMMAND QUANTICO VA
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Throughout the 2008 Presidential election, then Senator Barack Obama received strong support from the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender LGBT community and in return made several campaign promises along the way. One of the campaign promises dealt with overturning the long held ban of homosexuals serving in the military. This socially charged issue has caught the attention of the military because a change in current law which bans homosexuals from serving will fall on the military for implementation. Military traditions and core values will be challenged, altered, and even changed to make way for a re-indoctrination of the military to a new set of traditions and values. Military leadership at all levels need to be completely informed regarding this controversial issue and must be ready to show moral courage by taking a position that keeps the institution of the military strong. Allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the U.S. military must be avoided because it will result in deterioration of military strength as evidenced by decreased unit cohesion, good order and discipline, and medical readiness.