Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Special Forces Not So Keen About Gays in Their Ranks
With the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" will come the problems that many supporters have ignored along the way to social engineering of America's military. In the midst of a war in Afghanistan the military must now spend precious time, energy, resources and money on ensuring that everyone knows the rules, sits through countless classes, and reads the many orders, regulations, and edicts that will be forthcoming from the different military headquarters. While many in the military support gays being able to serve in the military it is important to note that many do not. The difference is in who supports gays and who doesn't. Most of the military is composed of staff and support servicemen and women who work in an office environment and go home to their private rooms or homes at the end of the day. If they do deploy, it is locations on the "super FOBs" where they have private living quarters. It is the men in the combat units that see austere living conditions, communal living arrangements, and shared toilet and shower areas (if they exist) who are resistant to gays in their ranks. No surprise there. Of particular interest will be how the gays will be accepted into the Special Operations Forces ranks - as in the Army Special Forces and Navy SEALs. Many doubt that gays will volunteer for extremely challenging Special Forces training or the dangerous and arduous assignments - so the numbers may be very small. Read more in "Special Forces wary of 'don't ask, dont' tell' repeal", The Washington Times, December 27, 2010.