2005

  • December 11, 2005 | The Sunday Oregonian
    The U.S. military is so desperate for volunteers that it's wooing recruits who might normally be considered too dumb, fat, old or morally unfit to serve. It's forcing some soldiers to stay after their time is up, and it's buying the loyalty of others with retention bonuses of up to $150,000.

    The military is also drop-kicking...
  • November 16, 2005 | Associated Press
    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - One Arabic linguist was discharged from the military for violating its "don't ask, don't tell" sexual orientation policy in fiscal year 2004, according to records obtained by an advocacy group.

    In the first 10 years of "don't ask, don't tell," the military discharged 54 Arabic...
  • November 15, 2005 | Military.com
    The military has to do better at interacting with the civilian world than it usually does. (In another column I'll consider the converse, which is true as well.) Typically the military says that things are a certain way just because it says they are, and then circles the wagons against the larger society questioning that decision. If the...
  • October 10, 2005 | Airforce Times
    Resistance to serving in the military alongside openly gay people may not be as strong as expected. Lifting the Defense Department ban on service by openly gay service members would have no effect on the decision to enlist of 76 percent of those questioned in a new survey released Monday. The survey was commissioned by the Center for the Study of...
  • September 23, 2005 | Washington Blade
    Members of the Army Reserves and the National Guard who inform their commanders that they are gay are routinely converted into active duty status and sent to the Iraq war and other high priority military assignments, according to a spokesperson for an Army command charged with deploying troops.

    The spokesperson, Kim Waldron, a civilian...
  • September 15, 2005 | Washington Monthly
    DON'T ASK DON'T TELL… Jim Henley points us to a report from the Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military that suggests the military isn't quite as anti-gay as it claims to be:

    Scholars studying military personnel policy have found a controversial regulation halting the discharge of gay soldiers in units that...
  • May 31, 2005 | Associated Press
    (Akron, Ohio) An Army sergeant from Ohio wounded in Iraq who wanted to remain in the military as an openly gay soldier was officially discharged Tuesday, according to a group that promotes studies of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people in the armed forces.

    The discharge came one day after the nation observed Memorial Day....
  • May 2, 2005 | The New Republic
    For a moment last month, it looked like the Pentagon was moving into the twenty-first century. Headlines announced that the Department of Defense, seemingly of its own accord, was recommending an end to the longstanding ban on sodomy as spelled out in the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). This would have represented a momentous departure...
  • May 1, 2005 | Naval Institute: Proceedings Monthly
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    After exchanging gay insults, a British corporal guarding the Kabul, Afghanistan, airport shot one of his peers and then turned the gun on himself.

    Many well-intentioned and fair-minded U.S. officers worry that if Congress eliminates the Pentagon's curent "...
  • May 1, 2005 | Naval Institute: Proceedings

    After exchanging gay insults, a British corporal guarding the Kabul, Afghanistan, airport shot one of his peers and then turned the gun on himself.

    Many well-intentioned and fair-minded U.S. officers worry that if Congress eliminates the Pentagon's curent "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, episodes such as this...