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Random Thoughts Of Yet Another Military Member

Thursday, November 17, 2005

File under whoopity do dah

According to the Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military (CSSMM):

According to the new data, the military discharged a total of 32 foreign language speakers in fiscal year 2004, including 22 Spanish, 3 Korean and French, and one Chinese, German, Tagalog, and Arabic language speakers.

Nathaniel Frank, Senior Research Fellow at the CSSMM, believes that the new data may indicate that the Pentagon is enforcing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy selectively. "The military may be firing fewer Arabic experts for homosexuality," Frank said, "to avoid public embarrassment during a time of dire shortages of Arabic linguists."

I think this Nathaniel Frank Person can't really see the forest from the tree's. In my 11 years of military service, It seems the only way Gay Servicemembers get the boot is by proclaiming it to everyone they see (possible ulterior motive may be found, realized that being in the military wasn't for them or got the language skills and decided to try and make more money as a civilian) or actually getting caught in the act in the barracks/ship. Talk about making mountains out of molehills.

Also it doesn't surprise me that stuff like this comes out of UC college system one bit.


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