unfortunately, none of these guys making the decision, have served in the field.
i have had gay friend, family members, and served with gay military members. i don't care what people do in their bedroom. the difference in the military is that their bedroom is also my bedroom.....and we sleep in the same bed. anyone who's ever thrown up a field shelter knows what that's like :-D
i'll give you the RD version of an article i wrote...and got a pat on the back for from a fairly famous colonel (toot, toot) :evil:
contrary to what many PC people would tell you, integrating women into the field and shipboard positions has not gone well. it is fair to say that it has degraded readiness. it is fair to say that it has markedly increased discipline problems. we don't hear about it much because it doesn't fit the political template and because most of these problems have been taken care of at the command level. the military has spent a huge amount of money doing things to accommodate women and make sure they had separate facilities.
because the grunt on the ground and the young sailor are in the 17 to 25 age group. what is the most important thing to that age group? sex. you can't discipline that out of kids. you can't punish it out of them.
it's not just the sex act. it's the sexuality. the sweat it out of their pores.
now you are talking about adding a 3rd/4th gender. do the gays get separate quarters and accommodations? do you put the lesbians in with they guys or leave them with the women? how about the males? what do you think is going to happen when our have a few 100 straight youngsters and one gay guy? how about the women? they can be vicious :-)
our military is all volunteer. if you are gay and CHOOSE to serve, you know the rules. you can have your life at home, but you can't advertise it at work. if that doesn't work for you, don't serve. it's pretty simple and it works.
one of the best females i ever served with i'm pretty sure was gay. she did her thing and kept it to herself. after over 20 years of service she retired from the navy.
so there is my sort version. :-D