Should the U.S. allow gays in the military?

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The U.S. military currently has a policy in place called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. It means that anyone, including gays and lesbians can serve in the military as long as, they don’t state that they are in fact homosexual. If it does becomes known that a member of the military is gay, then they are kicked out of the army. This policy has been in place since Bill Clinton was President and was a more progressive policy than the one that preceded it.

The U.S. government is currently looking to change that policy and allow gay people to serve openly in the U.S. military. It is an issue of great debate within the U.S. right now as not everyone in the Senate and House agree with changing the current policy. It is an issue that affects not only the U.S. military but society in general. If you look at just about all other advanced countries, their militaries have allowed gays to serve openly for a long time. This includes some the U.S. military’s closest allies like the UK, Israel, Canada and most others. It even includes Russia, which is not exactly a progressive country in many respects.

In some ways, the U.S. is too conservative for its own good. If you looked at the countries that allow and disallow gays to serve openly in their respective militaries you would not think the U.S. fits in with the countries in the disallow list. However, due to the above average conservatism and religiousness of the American society right now, they are behind in some areas. Allowing gays to openly serve in the military will be good not only for the military, but for the greater society. The military will benefit from having qualified individuals who are volunteering to serve their country at a time of war (Afghanistan, in case you forgot). Society will benefit from having that sector of the population feel more proud to be American which is obviously a good thing.

It’s about time that the U.S. shifts to be more like their allies on this issue. In fact, it should have happened 10-15 years ago.