Tuesday, January 02, 2007

They must be running out of soldiers

I now believe that if gay men and lesbians served openly in the United States military, they would not undermine the efficacy of the armed forces. Our military has been stretched thin by our deployments in the Middle East, and we must welcome the service of any American who is willing and able to do the job.

Former Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff
General John M. Shalikashvili

The history of the U.S. military attests to its success in overcoming skepticism and suspicion within its own ranks when compelled to do so by political mandate or practical dictates. Despite repeated resistance, the U.S. military has throughout its history created cohesive and effective fighting units out of a fractious and diverse collection of civilians, integrating service members with vast differences in cultural background, religious practices, language and belief systems.

Rhonda Evans
A History of the Service of Ethnic Minorites in the U.S. Armed Forces, 2003

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