March 26, 2010

Marine commandant: Gays should be housed separately

Back on the 19th I asked if gays were allowed to serve openly in the US military, should they be housed in separate barracks from straights? The Marine Corps commandant now says "yes":

The Marine Corps' commandant said he won't force his troops to bunk with gays on base and would give them separate rooms if Congress votes to allow openly gay service.

The comment, by Gen. James Conway, is the latest pushback by a small but vocal faction of senior military leaders opposed to a repeal of the 1993 law known as "don't ask, don't tell."

"I would not ask our Marines to live with someone who is homosexual if we can possibly avoid it," he said.

"And to me that means we have to build BEQs (bachelor enlisted quarters) and have single rooms," he said.

I still haven't heard from anyone as to why this would be unnecessary, given that men and women are housed separately ...

Posted by Hube at March 26, 2010 08:18 PM | TrackBack

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I still haven't heard of any gay men randomnly humping straight men as they sleep in thie bunks. Or assulting them as they sleep. straight men doing the same to straight woman? sure...on a regular basis.

Posted by: arthur at March 26, 2010 11:19 PM

In the military, art? Perhaps you can enlighten us w/some sourced statistics.

Posted by: Hube at March 27, 2010 09:23 AM

Well, that would increase your logistics tail, and increases your operational footprint - separate containerized housing units, etc. For the same reasons you would not house members of the opposite sex together, you might also not house gay service members together - while they would not become pregnant (and further increase you footprint) the issue of special relationships would be present, and affect discipline.

While proponents have pointed to other militaries as illustrative of how gays may serve openly, we should ask ourselves how well those militaries compare to our own? While some may believe it boils down to an equipping issue that makes us great, there is far more to it. The underpinnings of a great military is discipline, the values and ethos that allow professionalism to occur - anything that may jeopardize that should be scrutinized thoroughly, and devoid of social engineering projects that may make a society that largely does not itself serve in the military feel better about itself.

The current argument that there are desperately needed linguist who happen to be gay may be factual in terms of current numbers - however, if the military really wanted its members to be more culturally astute and proficient in a foreign language it could do so by making it a requirement - as far as I know it is not a prerequisite to be gay to learn a language.

Posted by: Rob Thornton at March 27, 2010 10:07 PM

So if I tell them I'm straight I share a barracks with 20 other guys but if I tell them I'm gay I get a private room? I foresee a huge uptick in the number of self-described gay troops.

Posted by: Duffy at March 30, 2010 03:41 PM