Create a 5 pages page paper that discusses dont ask, dont tell: the law and military policy on same-sex behavior. It is important to note that at the time of implementation, this was only a policy and not a law! According to it, neither was anybody allowed to investigate the sexual orientation of the members in service in the US military, nor the members would discuss it with anybody. Thus, if gays and lesbians were to serve in the US military, they would have to keep their sexual concerns unrevealed. Contrary to this policy, the law did not prevent US military soldiers from being interrogated about their sexual orientation (Burrelli). This has conventionally remained a very controversial subject on political grounds. For a long time, the number of US military soldiers who would be discharged for the charge of homosexuality was readily dropping until 1993. From 1993 onwards, US military soldiers have increasingly been discharged for being homosexual till 2001.
In order to put forward a sufficiently comprehensive account of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, it is imperative that the reaction of the American nation towards the policy is studied. According to (Mccabe), the opinion of the public regarding the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy can be classified into three types. Some people think that gays should be given the opportunity to serve in the military, and their hiring should not be hindered. The second opinion maintained by the proponents of this policy suggests that gays and lesbians may serve in the military if they manage to hide their sexual interests and activities. The third type of opinion totally condemns the hiring of gays and lesbians in the military. The three types of opinions can be referred to in one word as “permissive”, “restrictive” and “prohibitive” respectively (Mccabe).
Two main questions have conventionally been put in front of the public to offer their opinion upon in the public polls. One of them inquires if gays and lesbians should be allowed to openly serve the US military. This question essentially asks the public to convey their opinion with the condition that the servitude is “open”. Thus, if someone answers negative, it is not clear if he/she would have maintained the same response for those gays and lesbians who would keep their sexual orientation unrevealed while serving in the US military.