DADT Ends

I suppose I should write something about the end of the Clinton era law that became known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” As a farewell gift to its liberal base, this Congress has passed legislation overturning that  law, which the President is expected to sign very shortly.

This action is fully within the scope of the powers of Congress. And as Secretary of Defense Gates has  noted, better for the legislature to do this than the courts.  But is it a good idea? I think not. It is just another distraction placed on the shoulders of our soldiers and commanders, who you would think have enough on their minds with fighting two wars without having to implement social engineering policies as well.

I’ve said before, most of those who are gay and opt to serve openly will do so in a manner that reflects credit upon them as soldiers. But there will be a small percentage that insist that their definition of themselves starts not with their identity as a soldier, but as gay. Mark my words, there will be unintended (but not unanticipated by skeptics) consequences to this change in the law.

Our soldiers and commanders will make this work. That’s what they do. They take their orders and do their best to make the mission happen. But again, making social engineering a priority over warfighting isn’t the best use of our resources, is it?

CDR Salamander has his thoughts on the topic, and so does Neptunus Lex.

4 thoughts on “DADT Ends”

  1. Do you think this will hurt recruitment and retention?

    Even in today’s crappy economy, I think there will be those who just can’t tolerate this insult on the part of a progressive Congress. And I think their number will be substantial. Not huge, but enough that they will be missed, especially the senior NCOs.

    1. Yes, I do think it will have some impact on recruitment and retention. The South is overrepresented in all the services, and just happens to be a bit more socially conservative than the rest of the country. It won’t surprise me a bit if there are some very qualified potential recruits that decide to forgo service because of this. And I’m sure some NCOs and potential future leaders will leave as well. I don’t think a lot of people will make that decision solely on the basis of the repeal of DADT, but it will be just another straw on the camel’s back added to an already awesome burden of multiple deployments and heavy combat.

  2. Brad, last I heard, loyalty was a two-way street. Loyalty down the chain of command as well as up the chain of command. It appears that some people didn’t get the message. Now, I’m just a dumb old Vet, I need some of the “brain surgeons” around here to explain this in simple terms. Would somebody around here explaining this to me. “DADT” is an acronym for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. When somebody says, “Don’t Ask” in relation to the subject, that is a protection. Now, we have the end of “DADT”, granted there are all kinds of rumors floating out there. How many of these warmers are true, only time will tell. You can not legislate this type of morality. In reality, I would say that these people need to understand reality. You have many people who are looking at this on a “loyalty to the troops” level. The military is not a social laboratory. It is not a game. The stakes are extremely high. Our leaders should *not* try to engineer a social solution. At one time in my life, I knew an old admiral in the Navy, she would always tell us the way she defined the word authority, the first being appointed but this second group, she would always say they were the ones who made the Navy work.

    She also stressed that loyalty is a two-way street concept. When we forget this, we lose authority and loyalty. In other words, this is is a disaster in the making. Watch the future, you’ll see the ones with real authority or who know their fields make mass migration out of the Military. There is a place for everyone there is a place for everybody to serve this Great Nation, including the homosexuals. The thing of it is the Military may not be place to serve. There are just too many issues to be solved and do it correctly. Service in the US Military is not a right it is an honor. We need to look at it this action and its consequences upon the future force of the United States Military.

  3. This is like forcing women into the “line” and doing away with the auxiliaries, which should be brought back. Brining in queers will be another straw on the proverbial camel’s back. I’ve been telling young men to stay away from the military for 10 years now. Just more emphasis to the warning.

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