Newsweek published this story under the headline "Homoeroticism in the Ranks" on July 26, In light of President Donald Trump banning transgender people from serving in the military, Newsweek is republishing the story. It would just make me sick.
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The sergeant and I stared at each other for a moment as the office door shut. Only seconds earlier, we both stood silent, hands clasped behind our backs respectfully, as a noncommissioned officer stood inches from my face and threatened to end my career. As we left the office, the sergeant searched for something consolatory to say.
The coarse behavior of many of them that I have witnessed certainly does not qualify them to judge the morality of others. In the early s, I was assigned as the G3 or operations officer of an infantry division of 15, men in Korea. Smith proceeded to inform me that he was leaving for the States, ending an arrangement he had with Kimiko.
Throughout its history, the US Military had an inconsistent policy when it came to gay people in the military. During World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, the military defined homosexuality as a mental defect and officially barred homosexuals from serving based on medical criteria. However, when personnel needs increased due to combat, the military developed a habit of relaxing its screening criteria.
Gay men have always been part of the American military. In an era before gay marriage or open pride, military men fell in love, formed passionate friendships and had same-sex encounters. Due to social and official discrimination, though, most of their stories have gone untold.
The United States military formerly excluded gay menbisexualsand lesbians from service. Inthe United States Congress passed and President Bill Clinton signed a law instituting the policy commonly referred to as " Don't ask, don't tell " DADT which allowed gay, lesbian, and bisexual people to serve as long as they did not reveal their sexual orientation. Although there were isolated instances in which service personnel met with limited success through lawsuits, efforts to end the ban on openly gay, lesbian, and bisexual people serving either legislatively or through the courts initially proved unsuccessful.
Nonheterosexual men are just as likely to have served in the US military as heterosexual men. Credit: Shutterstock. What percentage of people in the U.