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Not personal, just business

One of the things I have not seen anyone talk about [regarding] homosexuals serving in the military is how it would affect the lifestyle of the military. A quick example is how the military would solve the co-ed issue.

What I have seen is a strict code of no co-ed, though if the military were to allow gays [to serve openly] that whole lifestyle would have to change. There would be homosexuals living with their sexual preference. The point of no co-ed in the military, in my opinion, is to keep fraternization, sexual harassment, sexual events, or even sexual assault to a minimum.

I do not have anything against gays, but living with them directly every day is something that puts me at unrest. Despite their behavior, which would be disruptive in close quarters on a ship or other locations, it would not be a healthy environment.

The military is a totally different lifestyle than civilian life. You get to choose in civilian life whom you surround yourself with and especially whom you live with.

I have to live with 200 guys in the same compartment on my ship. Living with people whom you share the same sexual view is not the same as [sharing] a religious or race view. Letting gays [serve openly] would ultimately disrupt our lifestyle.

Seaman Brian J. Wojciechowski
USS Bataan


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