… To Have Appealed A Federal Judge’s Ruling That “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Is Unconstitutional
There is no so-called “prep” work needed to assure a smooth and orderly transition to an honest military.
…And the military brass just proved the point about which I have been lecturing congresspersons, friends, family, media:
- Military personnel DO AS THEY ARE INSTRUCTED — PERIOD
- Military servicemen and women don’t have to like or approve of their orders
- … They do have to follow their orders
- Most importantly, the military does all this… in… an… instant
- …Because that’s their training, to react, in an instant, without question — PERIOD
Today, the Pentagon instructed all military recruiters to accept the applications of gays and lesbians who wish to join the military, even while they must also inform potential recruits that a moratorium on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” could be lifted at any moment.
The guidance issued to military recruits is consistent with the Defense Department’s plans to abide by a federal judge’s injunction on the 17-year ban on gays in the military.
The Pentagon advised senior military leaders late last week not to ask service members or military applicants about their sexual orientation, to treat the rank and file with dignity and respect and maintain good order and discipline.
Meanwhile U.S. District Court Judge Phillips indicated today that she’s unlikely to lift her injunction on the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law.
Her official decision is expected at some point tomorrow. Denying the government’s request for a stay of her injunction would force the Justice Department to appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Obama has said the government plans to appeal to the 9th Circuit to overturn Phillips’s decision that “don’t ask” is unconstitutional.
Phillips said today that the government has not proven her order would harm troops (Duh!) or in any way impede efforts to implement new regulations for the military to deal with openly gay service members.
The pro-gay Log Cabin Republicans filed suit against the military’s gay ban, arguing that it is unconstitutional.
Phillips agreed, ruling the law unconstitutional in September and last week ordered a worldwide stop to the Pentagon’s enforcement of the 17-year old law.
The military is accepting openly gay recruits for the first time in the nation’s history.
From the blog posting of a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a Marine Corps officer for the last 24 years:
The only occasions on which I have discussed the DADT policy was when the law was passed and when some senior military leader brought the issue into the news.
My generation of officers probably had a higher percentage of those opposing the measure but again very few were ever discussing it to any great length. DADT was a purely political issue, used by opportunistic politicians to get votes. It was far from the everyday thoughts of operational military personnel. The new generation of officers were brought up in a different world and have less opposition to homosexuality.
If you were to poll officers on what issues were a priority to them, the issue of homosexuals in the military would be way down the list. The main issues for military officers today surround the war and how we can continue to fight a war in Afghanistan that seems to have no real end state. Issues such as family separation and long deployments also lead the list of top concerns. Like most Americans, military officers worry about their pay and benefits.
So who really cares about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”? Very few military officers care enough about it to challenge a change in the law. Most of us know a number of homosexuals serving with us and respect them for their professionalism and work ethic.
When the bullets start flying, believe me, no one cares if the person next to them is a homosexual. They care if that person is going to take care of them.
A word to military personnel — like one ex-navy serviceman wrote on a friend’s FaceBook page when she advocated repealing DADT — who say they wouldn’t want to serve with openly gay service members: No one was concerned whether you were comfortable being sent into combat. You will survive this, too.
Because that’s what you do.