I find this interesting and also encouraging. Today many Milbloggers released a statement regarding the military and their Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. Our very own Greta Perry was one of the Milbloggers involved in the statement.

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 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. And yet, very little will actually change. Homosexuals have always served in the US Military, and there have been no real problems caused by that.

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 ask Congress to withhold action until this is finished, but no longer. We urge Congress to listen to the service chiefs and act in accordance with the recommendations of that study.

The US Military is professional and ready to adapt to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell without compromising its mission. Echoing Sec. Def. Gates and ADM Mullen, we welcome open and honorable service, regardless of sexual orientation.

Matt Burden- BLACKFIVE
Jim Hanson- BLACKFIVE
Blake Powers- BLACKFIVE
Fred Schoenman- BLACKFIVE

David Bellavia- House to House

Bruce McQuain- Q&O

JD Johannes- Outside the Wire

Diane Frances McInnis Miller- Boston Maggie

Mark Seavey- This Ain’t Hell

Michael St. Jacques- The Sniper

Mary Ripley- US Naval Institute Blog

John Donovan- Castle Argghhh!

Andrew J. Lubin- The Military Observer

Marc Danziger- Winds of Change

Greta Perry- Hooah Wife

Beth Shaw – Blue Star Chronicles

I whole-heartidly agree with this statement and I think it is the wisest course. As they say, homosexuals have always served in the military and it’s time that we welcome that service instead of making them hide it. I do disagree just a bit with the fact that changing DADT will make little difference, I think repealing it will have a positive impact on the career tract of homosexual officers. There are plenty of stories about officers who served honorably but who reached a point in their promotion level where they just couldn’t gain any further rank because they were an open homosexual.

I know many will disagree with me and maybe even with these Milbloggers as well, however I just can’t abide with bureaucrats and pencil pushers (aka government employees) choosing favored and disfavored groups of people, whether it be sex, religion, orientation or creed. The American experiment has an ideal that focuses on merit. Thomas Jefferson was very fond of the idea of a meritocracy or a “natural aristocracy” as he called it. It’s not our birth, or our societal status that allows us to progress, but our hard work and accomplishments that do. Those of merit should be allowed to achieve the highest pinnacle in any career, whether it be women in business, gays in the military or white men in the NBA (a bit of snark there).

Semper fidelis!