Soldier Motivation

Soldier Motivation

"We're here to defend democracy, not to practice it."

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 (This post submitted by Christian Leuprecht) Implicit in this claim is the proposition is an allegedly inherent contradiction: That mounting an effective defence of the democratic way of life and its fundamental values of freedom, equality, and justice requires undemocratic practices that skirt these values.

Refuting the Latest Arguments Against Gay Troops

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Below is a point-by-point refutation of James Bowman's article on honor and gay troops, which is marred by errors and assumptions that do not serve to forward the debate over service by open gays and lesbians.

The Pentagon's Gay Ban is Not Based on Military Necessity

January 1, 2003
Aaron Belkin
Journal of Homosexuality, Volume 41(1), The Haworth Press

Click here for a pdf version of this report.

ABSTRACT. When President Bill Clinton attempted to lift the U.S. military’s ban on gay and lesbian soldiers, Congress reacted by enacting a law that prohibits known homosexuals from serving in the U.S. armed forces. The official justification for the new policy is the unit cohesion rationale, the notion that if known gays and lesbians were allowed to serve, unit cohesion, performance, readiness and morale would decline. The thesis of this paper is that the evidence that advocates of discrimination invoke to support the plausibility of the unit cohesion rationale does not constitute scientifically valid data. Thispaper was delivered originally as a lecture at the Commonwealth Club of California and broadcast subsequently on National Public Radio.

The evidence that advocates of discrimination invoke to support the
plausibility of the unit cohesion rationale does not constitute
scientifically valid data.  read more »

Generational Divide

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(This post submitted by Becky Kanis) Lieutenant Dan Choi went back to West Point this past weekend...
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