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Homosexuality in the Military


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"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is the current policy for the United States Military. What that means, in a nutshell, is that the military will not ask about someone's sexual preference. That means that homosexuals can service in the military, but they cannot engage in any homosexual conduct, nor can they tell anyone about their sexual preference.

Telling others that you are homosexual or bi-sexual is grounds for a discharge from the military. Note that I said "grounds for a discharge," not a "definite discharge." The commander has to believe you. If the commander thinks you're just saying that in order to get out of the military, the commander does not have to discharge you. In recent years, there have been more and more cases of military members claiming they were homosexual, where the commander has simply not believed them, and not initated discharge action.

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