Bigbear; don't know where you got your ideas about barracks and such. Until I was commissioned I lived in open bay barracks. Rows of double bunk beds end to end, separated by rows of lockers. There's no privacy. The head is open, no stalls, you could hold hands with the guy taking a dump next to you, if you were of that persuasion. On the ships it's worse. 100-150 sailors or Marines per living compartment, very small lockers, only large enough to hang 2 or 3 shirts, and a compartment under each bunk to store folded stuff like underwear. The heads on ships, even for officers, are open stall, showers all open. The military doesn't in any way equate to civilian life. I found it interesting that in the poll conducted of military personnel on the issue of DADT, while a majority of members said that they didn't have a problem with doing away with the policy, a majority of the combat troops and forward deployed units, like Marines, Army combat divisions and deployed ships, were opposed to changing the policy. Happy to see we still have a core of "warrior" oriented folks available to handle bad situations.