Emily's Essay - Emily Newman WTG 1150 Charles Dont Ask-Dont...

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Emily Newman WTG 1150 Charles Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell Progress in the United States Armed Forces The year is 2010, and the progress made over the last one-hundred years in the United States on military law is admirable, yet oftentimes, it has been a painful and controversial process. It was not until 1948 that African Americans were allowed to serve equally among whites in our armed forces, and it was not until 1977 that women began to train equally with men and be entitled to military positions equal to men. It was only last year, women were approved by the Department of Defense to serve on submarines. Countless small and large advancements and setbacks have occurred since 1775, and 2010’s current obstacle to be defined and clarified is the contentious “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy. This outdated and unnecessary law passed by Congress in 1993, is intended to restrict military personnel from revealing the sexual preferences of gay, lesbian or bisexual applicants to the military and its active duty members. It also mandates that no investigations can be instigated to determine if one is gay, lesbian or bisexual, and bars any openly homosexual person from joining or continuing on with his or her military service. This past September, the DADT law was declared unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips, but it was immediately appealed and the military is in a waiting period until a decision is reached. Much debate has occurred over this issue, and many strong statements have been made on behalf of repealing the law. President
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Obama ran on a platform in 2008 that included his promise to rid the military of the law. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy Admiral Mike Mullen declared to a United States Senate panel, “No matter how I look at this issue, I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place, a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens or me personally; it comes down to integrity, theirs as individuals and ours as an institution.” Integrating gay, lesbian, and bisexual
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