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U.S. and its Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy

12 September, 2009

H/T to Reverend Amy at NO QUARTER for pointing me in this direction.      HERE

In 2008, according to figures, newly released by The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, the Pentagon released 633 gay and lesbian service members.    HERE

The 633 men and women fired include troops with valuable skills,” said Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. “We hope the Obama administration and Congress realize this is wasted talent they could have access to-particularly now, today, as the Administration is reportedly considering increasing deployments to Afghanistan by another 10,000. If openly gay service members are ready, willing, and able to go hunt down and kill Al Qaeda, why are we stopping them?”

A service-specific breakdown of 2008 discharges is:

Air Force: 86
Army: 286
Coast Guard: 21
Marine Corps: 83
Navy: 157


Another staggering loss to this nation: the estimated 4,000 gay people who choose not to enlist or re-enlist because of DADT.

The post at NO Quarter gives financial costs to train military personnel, but the data is from 2006. However, at a time when we are admonished to SERVE this country, it is ironic sad disgusting that so many who are eager to do so are refused the opportunity because of their sexual preferences.

According to the The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, at least 24 countries now allow gays and lesbians to serve their country and they do so “without incident.”

I guess the U.S. is not the world leader it claims to be.  Religion still gets in the way of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”    (Oh yeah, just like the abortion “problem.”)

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