Anticipating various scenarios that could arise from the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” rule being lifted, the different branches of the military have begun the job of training over two million active and reserved soldiers in ways they must conduct themselves whether gay or straight.
This training will cover many aspects of future behavior and pre-determine the consequences of the failure to comply with the new rules. While all of this seems to fall in the realm of laws, and military rules, these are the lives of young men and women who feel differently about this issue.
It is a concern of parents who have gay children in the military; and also those whose children are not. There was a deep concern of parents back in the 1960’s when first black and white students began to attend the same schools.
It would seem now to fall under the statement of Martin Luther King, when he said that we should not judge one another by the color of their skin; but the content of their heart.
While many religions do not condone same sex relationships, they are also mandated to treat individuals as God would have us treat each other. We are taught from early school days that we should treat people the same way we want to be treated. The US has it laws, the military has it laws, and God has His laws. We should leave each of these areas up to the ones in charge.
This training will cover such things as an officer seeing two male Marines kissing in a shopping mall. Or gay soldiers out of uniform marching in a gay pride parade.
This will also address requests by non-gay members being able to refrain from showering with gay members.
They will also explain that homosexual partners will not be eligible to receive any benefits or housing as those of heterosexual married spouses…
While the Marine Corp holds deep opposition to lifting the ban, they are obliged to follow the new training plans which will be implemented on April 1. This information was provided by an article in the Washington Times.
Among the new rules, commanders cannot rule a bar off limits simply because it caters to gays.
Marine recruiters cannot refuse to induct a gay civilian into service even if it violates his own personal religious beliefs.
The crux of the new rules implemented sums up in one sentence the responsibility of all Marines.
“Marines are expected to obey lawful orders and could be subject to discipline or adverse administrative action if they refuse orders, even if such refusal is based on strong, sincerely held, moral or religious beliefs,” the briefing states.
Also, straight soldiers may not ask for early discharge based on their feeling of not wanting to serve with gays.
George Wright, an Army spokesman at the Pentagon, said the service is posting on an internal website a variety of training aids on the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” as the ban is known.
“Training on the repeal of DADT began last month with ‘chain-teaching’ at the senior levels, and the materials have been made available to Army commanders worldwide, to include those in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
While many gay men and woman have served this nation admirably and with honor, they had to do so without being open about their sexual orientation. That will be a thing of the past with this new law. Only time will tell how this will affect our military and/or our national security as some have felt might be the case.
According to a CNN report: The training is broken down into three tiers.
The first tier covers special staff and individuals such as chaplains, lawyers and inspectors general.
The second tier focuses on supervisors and commanders, and the third tier is for the majority of the force, which includes 2.2 million troops.
The Navy began its training in early February and expects it to be completed by the end of June.
The Air Force plans to finish training by the summer, and the Army has set a deadline of the middle of August.”
While this training is being implemented, there are still many cases before the courts to retain the “Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell.”
According to an article in “Opposingviews,” this is where the court stands presently:
“Meanwhile, the fight over “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” continues in the courts. The federal government filled out an opening brief with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on February 25to reverse the decision of Federal JudgeVirginia Phillips, who ruled the law unconstitutional.
Yet Dan Woods, who represents the LGBT group the Log Cabin Republicans, said the brief failed to address the constitutional aspects of the law. “The government’s brief, by its silence on these issues, is effectively conceding that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was and is unconstitutional,” he said, which marks the first change in its position in over six years”.
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