Joint statement from other Military bloggers

| May 13, 2010

The Military blogs aren’t totally in synchronized on this DADT thing, so in that spirit, CJ Grisham presents this letter, oddly enough signed by some of the same people as yesterday’s letter;

Like all Military Bloggers, we consider the US military the greatest institution for good that has ever existed. No other organization has freed more people from oppression, done more humanitarian work or rescued more from natural disasters. We also want that to continue.

Today, it appears inevitable to us that the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy and law restricting open homosexual behavior from serving will be changed. We believe that the changes resulting from the repeal or amending of this policy will cause unnecessary burdens upon the current force and readiness.

Homosexuals have always served in the US Military and in many instances were severely ostracized or worse when found out. The current policy of preventing disclosure of sexual orientation is in keeping with good order and discipline.

The service chiefs are currently studying the impact and consequences of changing the DADT policy, and how to implement it without compromising the morale, order and discipline necessary for the military to function. The study is due to be completed on Dec. 1st. We also ask Congress to withhold action until this is finished, but no longer.

We urge Congress to oppose any efforts to repeal the law and lift the policy of openly homosexual service in the military. A large number of associated concerns and costs are associated with the repeal, among them housing, legal status in various states, and moral objections from the majority of the force. The policy would also open doors to legitimate objections from polygamists and other groups who would feel discriminated against. The time is not now to consider such actions while our military is at war on more than two fronts.

We don’t believe the US Military is ready to adapt to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell without compromising its mission. We disagree with Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen about lifting the ban but will welcome any and all lawful orders that may be given as a result of any repeal. The US Military is a professional force, but would take years to adjust to these extreme changes.

C.J. Grisham – A Soldier’s Perspective and You Served

Troy Steward – Bouhammer

Uncle J – Blackfive (yeah, awkward, huh?)

Bob Miller – Eagles Up: Talon

LL –Chromed Curses

You’ll notice that I haven’t signed either letter – that’s because I think we have more pressing military issues to discuss than who should be allowed to put what into whom.

Category: Bloggers, Military issues

Comments (5)

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  1. ponsdorf says:

    Jonn said: I think we have more pressing military issues to discuss.

    Somewhat of an understatement, I think. FWIW I’m signing with CJ.

  2. MsMarti says:

    I will stand beside Jonn on this!

  3. Southern Independent says:

    What? Have the milbloggers turned to political ambitions?

    This issue is too partisan, too contentious, and too intrusive into the domain of National Security for those interested in National Security to be sidetracked into.

    It has already taken way too much time away from the necessary focus of the Military at war and needs to be put aside.

    Come to think of it, the “study” of it ordered by Gates probably cost more than the pay raise he asked not to be implemented.

  4. Hair Loss says:

    An attention-grabbing discussion is value comment. I feel that it is best to write more on this matter, it might not be a taboo subject but generally persons are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers