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Conservative GIs abandoned

Published: January 3, 2011

When I joined the Army in 1982, I was asked, “Are you a homosexual?” I answered, “No” and asked, “Why the question?” I was told that homosexuals were considered a security risk.

In our current era of sophistication this is considered an inane and archaic attitude. Putting aside, of course, Pfc. Bradley Manning’s alleged treasonous release of classified documents in a fit of gay angst, the public at large and key elements of our leadership have decided to go along with this paradigm shift, leaving those of us in the more conservative combat arms to adapt as best we can.

There also seems to me to be a common theme in letters to the editor lately that those of us who don’t like it can just get out. Fair enough. Will those of us who joined the Army prior to this 180-degree change of worldview be offered the same consideration that homosexuals were given under “don’t ask, don’t tell”? That is, will we be allowed an honorable discharge with our benefits so dearly earned under the old system? Surely that is in the interest of justice and will quell any crisis of conscience that we are feeling, and would be in the best interest of the service under the new policy.

Master Sgt. Robert A. Boggs

RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom

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