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Women in Combat

Women in Combat: Equal Treatment Under Law

December 16, 2007 | By | One Comment

Equal Treatment Under Law, by Steve Myers

Let us have the women join us, as we tumble down to war,

As we spill our blood – and others’ only men have spilled before;

When the sisters see the monster that awaits us – will they cry

As it rushes, hits, and maims us in the twinkle of an eye?

Let the women see us weeping as we view our comrades, dead,

Then, continue to the skirmish with sheer mayhem in our heads,

“Follow me!” courageous mother! Mother Courage, know your name,

You may find yourself a leader when the choice is doom or fame

That takes us down to Hell’s last ring, before we lift our eyes,

To a Nature without nurture – in the cordite-scented skies.

Yes, let us march together as we face the foe and fight,

You, the woman on my left hand I the man there at your right,

We will face the test together, but must struggle each, alone,

As a brother and a sister, but never quite as one.

For, when that moment happens, then the Solider-hood of arms

Confuses war’s dark passion – and may do us deadly harm;

Now, command makes its decision; now the forward line will move,

It matters not this moment, whether talking heads approve,

We set aside the quibbling – take a deep and fearful breath –

The offering’s gender – yours or mine – means naught to Sergeant Death.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Credit: John Howland’s USNA-AT-LARGE, who says, “Maybe we will have to change the game if there are no satisfactory rules in the present contest.”

Change.

MILITARY LANGUAGE CONVERSION CHART: Navy/USMC to Army to Air Force

December 8, 2007 | By | 2 Comments

MILITARY LANGUAGE CONVERSION CHART

Your Business Blogger once held a Top Secret Security clearance. This post is cleared for less than FOUO.*

Now that the US military is pushing for a Joint Service environment, we, as former service members, have to learn a different language. Therefore, this chart was created to assist in that area to help bridge the gap of service respective languages.

NAVY / USMC ………………ARMY …………………..AIR FORCE

Head…………………………………..Latrine ………………………………..Powder Room

Rack…………………………………..Bunk ………………… ………………..Single with ruffle and duvet

Mess Deck / Chow Hall ……….Mess Hall / Mess Tent …………..Dining Facility or ‘The Cafe’

Die for your Country ……………Die for your Battle Buddy ……….Die for Air Conditioning

‘Cookie’, stew burner …………..Mess Cook ………………… ……….Contract Chef

Coffee / Mud ………………………Cup of Joe ………………… ……….Vanilla Skim Latte’

Bug Juice ………………… ……….Kool-Aid ………………… …………..Shirley Temple

Utilities / Digitals ………………… BDUs / ACUs ………………… …….Casual Wear

Seaman / Private ………………… Private ………………… …………….Bobby / Jimmy

Chief / Gunny ………………………Sergeant ………………… …………Bob / Jim

Captain / Skipper ………………… Colonel ………………… ……………Robert / James

Captain’s Mast ………………… ….Article 15 ………………… ………..Time Out

Berthing / Barracks ………………Barracks ………………… …………Apartment

Skivvies / U-Trau ………………… Underwear ………………… ……..Undies

Thrown in the Brig ……………….Put in Confinement ………………..Grounded

Zoom Bag ………………… ……….Flight Suit ………………… ………..Business Casual

Cover / Head Gear ………………Beret ………………… ……………….Optional

Ship’s Store / NEX ……………….PX (PX Trailer) ………………… …AAFES Shopping Mall

TAD ………………… ……………….TDY ………………… …………………PCS with family

Cruise / Afloat …………………….Deploy ………………… …………….Huh?

Ground Grabbers ………………..Athletic Shoes ………………… …Flip-Flops

Shipmate / Marine ………………..Battle Buddy ………………… ……Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell or Honey

Terminate / Kill ……………………Take Out ………………… …………Back on Base for Happy Hour

Boon Dockers …………………….Jump Boots ………………… ……Birkenstocks

Low Quarters ………………… Low Quarters ………………… …….Patent Leather Pump

SEAL ………………… …………..SF/Ranger ………………… …………Librarian

Shore Patrol / MPs …………….MPs ………………… ………………… SF

Oouh-Rah! ……………………….Hoo-ah! ………………… ……………..Hip-Hip hurray!

MRE ………………………………. MRE ………………… …………………Happy Meal To Go

Salute …………………………….Salute ………………… …………………Wave

Obstacle Course ………………Confidence Course ………………… .Class 6 Parking Lot

Grinder / Drill Field …………….Parade Field ………………… ………….What?

Ge-Dunk ………………………… Snack Bar ………………… ……………Chuck E. Cheese

PT Test ………………………….. APFT ………………… ………………… ‘No conversion available’

Dept. of the Navy ……………..DoD ………………… …………………DoD Lite

Midshipman ……………………..Cadet ………………… ……………….Debutant

Hard-Core ……………………….Strak ………………… …………………’Way Too Serious’

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* FOUO: For Official Use Only, the lowest level of classification

Thankyou (foot)note to Stan Honour for passing this along.

And see more on military observations, at the jump. Overheard Combatant Command Staff Officer Discourse:

“Whatever happened to good old-fashioned military leadership? Just task the first two people you see.”

“His knowledge on that topic is only power point deep…” MAJ (JS)

“I need intelligence, not information.” Maj (EUCOM)

“I am so far down the food chain that I’ve got plankton bites on my butt.”

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The Washington Briefing 2007, Oct 19 – 21, Washington, DC

October 10, 2007 | By | 3 Comments

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Charmaine at the podium

addressing last year’s

crowd of 1,700 The Family Research Council is having their annual Briefing in Your Nation’s Capital.

This year will be interesting. All GOP presidential candidates will speak. Sen. Sam Brownback, Rudy Giuliani, Rep. Ron Paul, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Rep. Duncan Hunter, Sen. John McCain, Gov. Mitt Romney, Rep. Tom Tancredo, Fred Thompson.

No Democratic candidate has accepted.

Liberals: won’t fight; won’t debate.

From FRCAction,

The Washington Briefing 2007: Values Voter Summit is cosponsored by American Values, Focus on the Family Action, Alliance Defense Fund and High Impact Leadership Coalition.

The Briefing will be held October 19-21 at the Hilton Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C. A presidential straw poll, exhibit hall, radio row, book signings, bloggers’ row, and much more will be packed into this three-day conference. Saturday evening Dr. James Dobson will be honored at a gala dinner where he will receive FRC’s inaugural Vision and Leadership Award.

Members of the media must register for FRC media credentials prior to the event.

Contact J.P. Duffy at jpd@frc.org or fax, names, numbers and e-mails on company letterhead to 202.393.2134.

For more information regarding the log onto www.frcactionwashingtonbriefing.org or call the FRC Press Office at (866) FRC-NEWS.

More from FRC Action, the C(4)

In addition to the GOP presidential candidates, the speaker line-up includes Sean Hannity, Newt Gingrich, Chuck Colson, Gary Bauer, Bishop Harry Jackson, Alan Sears, Mark Levin, Roger Hedgecock, Rich Lowry, Paul Weyrich, Dr. Richard Land, John Fund, Ed Meese, Ben Stein, Rabbi Daniel Lapin, Representatives Marsha Blackburn and Jean Schmidt, Star Parker, Phyllis Schlafly, Senator Rick Santorum, Michael Steele, Father Frank Pavone, Bill Bennett, and Judge Robert Bork.

Charmaine, as Vice President for Communications for FRC will be working The Political Blogosphere with Soren Dayton, Political Consultant; David All, The David All Group; Matthew Eppinette, Americans United for Life; Erick Erickson, RedState; Joe Carter, Director of Web Communications for FRC

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Thank you (foot)notes:

From last year: The Real Story: The Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC

The Family Research Council, FRC Action Briefing: Family, Faith and Freedom

FRC Action Briefing September 2006

People for the American Way weighs in FRC’s Perkins Suggests Romney Better Than Huckabee on Religious-Right Issues

For more info,

Attendees at the Summit will now have the chance to make their own assessments of the GOP contenders in person at the Summit. In addition, members of FRC Action (see the web site address that follows) can vote in the first-ever Values Voter Presidential Straw Poll, either online or in person on October 19 and 20.

For information or to register, go to www.thewashingtonbriefing.com or call toll-free at 1-888-372-2284.

Pam Spaudling’s take at Mark your calendars for the 2007 Values Voters Summit/Washington Briefing

A Buck For Huck has Washington Briefing

Kingsley Browne’s Co-ed Combat: The New Evidence that Women Shouldn’t Fight the Nation’s Wars

October 4, 2007 | By | 5 Comments

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Kinglsey Brown Alert Readers will know of Your Business Blogger’s endorsement of Professor Kingsley Brown and his research. Brown is on faculty at Wayne State University teaching law.

He writes to John Howland with USNA At Large,

“Co-ed Combat: The New Evidence that Women Shouldn’t Fight the Nation’s Wars” is due out on November 8, although it can be pre-ordered now on Amazon…

My book examines physical and psychological differences between the sexes and their implication for integration of combat forces. This examination includes not just individual traits — such as strength, endurance, risk-taking, physical aggression, fear, courage, and other traits that affect both combat motivation and combat performance — but also the effect of psychological sex differences on the functioning of groups. As you know, individuals do not fight wars; groups do, and the sex composition of groups has a substantial impact on how the group functions.

As you have yourself noted, trust is the “coin of the realm” in combat groups. It appears that men are not “designed” to easily trust women in dangerous situations. I’m sure that you and the other At-Large members have had the experience of knowing leaders whom you would be willing to follow through the gates of Hell and others whom you would be reluctant to follow across the street. Some people trigger trust in their comrades, and others –

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Women in Combat

no matter what kind of training they have had – simply cannot do so. I suggest in my book that women generally do not trigger that kind of trust in men, no matter how much men like and respect women. This is not a criticism of either women or men; it is simply the way our psyches work. As the continued opposition to women in and near combat suggests, this is not a problem that can be solved simply through “leadership” and “training,” which are usually invoked as the solution to problems with sexual integration.

My book also chronicles a number of other impediments to sexual integration, many of which are well known, such as problems of pregnancy, double standards, political correctness, and so forth.

Best regards,

Kingsley

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Read more on Kingsley Browne’s work at Hiring Super Stars vs Tolerating Turkeys

Thanks to John Howland at USNA At Large.

More on Professor Kingsley Brown at the jump.

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What Happens When Women Put on a Military Uniform?

September 28, 2007 | By | 10 Comments

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Navy Times, April 15, 1961 As Your Business Blogger was looking through an old Navy Times for a listing of my dad’s promotion, I came across this cartoon.

The Old Salts knew even back then that sparks fly when men and women put on a uniform — in close quarters.

Sometimes the uniforms come off:

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Deanna Allen getting out of uniform

in Camp Bucca.

She is clearly not a prudent woman,

See Pirate Codes below

A sample of Pirate Codes concerning women. And these were the uncivilized men:

Bartholomew Roberts’s articles,

One of the best known sets of pirate articles was set down by the famous Welsh pirate Bartholomew Roberts in 1720.

No boy or woman to be allowed amongst them. If any man were to be found seducing any of the latter sex, and carried her to sea, disguised, he was to suffer death; [so that when any fell into their hands, as it chanced in the Onslow, they put a sentinel immediately over her to prevent ill consequences from so dangerous an instrument of division and quarrel; but then here lies the roguery; they contend who shall be sentinel, which happens generally to one of the greatest bullies, who, to secure the lady’s virtue, will let none lie with her but himself.]

And from Captain John Phillips’s articles,

If at any time you meet with a prudent Woman, that Man that offers to meddle with her, without her Consent, shall suffer present Death.

The Pentagon will not publish the pregnancy rate or the true number of non-deployable women. Not all military women are as, well, flashy as Deanna Allen. But the silence of the Brass makes the virtue of military women appear to be something out of the campus orgies in Tom Wolfe’s “I Am Charlotte Simmons.”

Are all women in the military un-dressing the troops like Deanna? I would hope not. But the pictures are compelling.

And this may get worse. Hillary Clinton wants more women in combat and open homosexuals in the military. More women and homosexuals in the armed forces; in harm’s way would not be helpful for unit cohesion or for what little privacy seen in the military.

Alert Reader David Hilgartner has more thoughts on the “weaker sex” in this terrible time of war, at the jump.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Your Business Blogger is a former Army Captain in Combat Arms. And never had women under his command. Not in the military; not in marriage. And don’t even ask about the daughters.

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September 11, 2001 Remembered: What Were the Feminists doing on Sept 10, 2001?

September 11, 2007 | By | No Comments

Article below originally published in The Women’s Quarterly; January 01, 2002

This post is under the category of war. Here is a review of Reasoned Audacity’s 9.11 posts over the years.

Following is background from Your Business Blogger(R) in an article published just after 9.11. Things have changed since then. A little.

Booby traps at the Pentagon: Charmaine and Jack Yoest introduce you to the Pentagon’s babes in arms. What do they want? An “open dialogue” on breastfeeding. (Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services)

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Pentagon attack

ON SEPTEMBER 10TH, [2001] the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, the group most responsible for promoting women in combat, gathered in Pentagon Conference Room 5C1042. This civilian advisory committee, whose members have the protocol status of three-star generals, monitors the concerns of women in uniform. And what was the topic on the eve of the worst attack in U.S. history?

After briefings from representatives of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard, DACOWITS, as the committee is known, issued a formal request for more information on what they deemed a matter of paramount military significance:

breast-feeding.

As the terrorists prepared to hit the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon itself, our military leaders were directed “to engage in open dialogue” on lactation tactics.

The Defense Advisory Committee on Women celebrated its fiftieth anniversary last April. At the birthday party, President Bush’s deputy secretary of defense, Paul Wolfowitz, a man well regarded for his level-headed and conservative approach to military issues, lauded DACOWITS in his address as an outstanding organization” and told the assembly of earnest women that he “looked forward to [their] advice.”

Read the article.

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Dad & The Dude

prepared for war

September 11, 2001

photo credit:

Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D. Just after 9am on 9.11, I was doing what all business owners were doing: selling something. I was on the phone with a client. Making a pitch to attend a series of seminars, with CNN on in the background. I was a bit distracted by the live feed of a burning building.

While making ‘the ask,’ it was clear that my customer was not aware that we had just been attacked. I wanted to say something, like, Turn on your TV and stare at real pain. It just didn’t look real. I continued instead with the conversation. Your Business Blogger is not normally so focused. In denial, perhaps. Disasters are not normally good for business.

There was work to be done. My next class was on September 19.

And I didn’t want the customer on the other end of the phone distracted until the sale was closed. Then we could go to war.

The deal done, I noticed my boy, The Dude, was concerned that the attacks would continue down to us in Charlottesville, Virginia. “We got to get ready!” he shouts and scampers around digging up my old uniform, boots, saber and his grandfather’s bayonet. (Old soldiers never die, they just file away. Apologies to MacArthur.)

The Dude spent the rest of the morning marching outside our front door. Looking out for terrorists. It must have worked.

Charlottesville was not attacked.

But we were affected. Everyone was. But I wasn’t sure that the bank was going to delay getting their money over a pesky act of war. I still had to earn a living.

How would the war affect business? Not the macro, but mine? I had a seminar and clients coming into town in little over a week and the world was on fire. Would anyone show up? Would anyone care?

We North Americans do business like we do war. We win. Donald Trump becomes Victor Davis Hanson. At 8 am on 19 September 2001, 86 professionals showed up and got down to business. A packed room.

The free lunch helped.

Even my business partner, Faisal Alam, came down from New York City to join us. He is Muslim.

The country was mourning, but on the move.

I started with a minute of silence in remembrance of those lost in the World Trade Towers.

Then we all got back to work. Each making the world a better place. Even with a war on.

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King Kong in New York CityFrom time to time, Your Business Blogger(R) works out of a client’s offices at the edifice at 350 Fifth Avenue in NYC.

Also known as The Empire State Building.

It is still standing.

So what didn’t happen on New Year’s Eve?

Nothing.

Enemy Jihadists didn’t blow anything up. And they didn’t touch Times Square packed with people at midnite 31 December.

President George Bush has been keeping us all safe since 9.11.

Even Michael Moore.

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Be sure to follow Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine on Twitter: @JackYoest and @CharmaineYoest

Jack and Charmaine also blog at Reasoned Audacity and at Management Training of DC, LLC.

Thank you (foot)notes,

In war every soldier’s death is a public event.

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The Falling Man

credit: Richard Drew, AP

Because of 9.11, we are all soldiers now.

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The Pentagon circa 9.11.06. Lit by 184 lights to commemorate each life lost there on 9.11.01

Credit: Unknown

A Thank you note to Michelle Malkin on 9.11 for Tom Junod’s The Falling Man in Esquire.

Basil’s Blog has open trackbacks.

Women in Combat, Women as Beasts: Wafa Sultan and Alexis de Tocqueville

August 20, 2007 | By | 6 Comments

Alexis de Tocqueville wrote about American exceptionalism; the American experiment,

If I am asked how we should account for the unusual prosperity and growing strength of this nation, I would reply that they must be attributed to the superiority of their women.

- Alexis De Tocqueville, Democracy in America.

Your Business Blogger is not sure that this is what Alexis de Tocqueville meant:

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Vanessa Dobos, gunner: the superior woman?

Following is Wafa Sultan, an Arab-American woman and psychologist from Los Angeles. She is debating the clash of civilizations. She reviews the fact that inferior civilizations use “women as beasts.” There might be some confusion on how Islam jihadists and the American armed forces use women in combat.

Watch the clip here.

The video is a must see.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

President George Bush said our women will not be in ground combat.

A C-130 doesn’t count, I guess.

Thank you to Alert Reader Stan Honour for finding this vagina warrior.

The Looming American Matriarchy, Robespierre & Admiral Michael G. Mullen

August 13, 2007 | By | No Comments

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Robespierre guillotined during the Reign of Terror, 1794

Some historians state that he was executed face up –

to watch the descending blade. There has been some concern and backlash on the ‘justice’ rendered to Naval Academy…attendee… Lamar Owens.

Gerald L. Atkinson writes on The New Age ‘Diversity’ and Its Discontents as part of his series on the Looming American Matriarchy. His article,

[A]ddresses the origins of the modern ‘diversity’ movement. It traces this movement in the U.S. Navy and in our broader society as well. It attempts to tie the loose ends of this subject together as it relates to the Looming American Matriarchy and the ‘counter-culture’ revolution of which it is a part.

Whereas the previous issue of this journal revealed the surprising depth to which the modern idea of ‘diversity’ has wormed its way deep into the heart and soul of the U.S. Navy — and with the appointment of ADM Michael G. Mullen to be the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — eventually into the entire military.

This issue attempts to understand this phenomenon, ­ its essence, origins, adherents, and purpose. How could the radical feminists and their supporters embedded in every institution across the land over the past three or more decades have usurped the civil rights movement to the point where sexual politics trumps race?

The answer is straightforward.

We are fortunate to have a seminal book on this subject: Diversity: The Invention of a Concept by Peter Wood, Encounter Books 2003. Th[is] book provides an in-depth treatment of ‘diversity’ as a modern ideology.

The interesting aspect of this treatment is the striking parallel of the ‘excesses’ of the French Revolution with the New Age ideology of ‘diversity.’

One can imagine the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the counterpart of Robespierre ­– the Fool as Revolutionary and Midshipman Lamar Owens and the hundreds of naval officer ‘warriors’ who have been ‘purged’ over the past two decades and are still being purged as the counterpart of the innocent Catholic priests who were put to the guillotine and drowned on barges in the wake of the blood bath of the Reign of Terror in France in 1789.

When will the modern day Robespierres find their just end?

It may be likely that the same forces that are alive and boiling under the surface in America ­ those forces that forced the politicians to scrap the recent seriously-flawed immigration legislation proposals will carry the day.

We must understand the difference between the Franco-German way and the Anglo-American way if we are to preserve our civilization as it was handed down to us by our Founding Fathers.

Provocative. See the New Totalitarians, by Gerald “Beak” Atkinson.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Half of Rape Allegations are False: Seven Clues from Your Business Blogger. A not so subtle point in Management Training.

And it is not just Lamar Owens. see Girls win — Boys lose: Webster Smith, Coast Guard Academy Cadet Convicted What is it about feminists and black men?

Women in Combat Debate: Should Women Fight?

July 25, 2007 | By | 14 Comments

My good friend Bob Miller has a compelling article on women in combat that deserves a wide audience.

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Female sniper,

United States Air Force In September of last year, the Naval Institute Proceedings commemorated thirty years of sex-integration at the U.S. Naval Academy with a Commentary by Sharon Disher, USNA ’80, entitled “Women CAN Fight.” As a member of the first sex-integrated Naval Academy class, Disher wrote in conspicuous contradiction of former Marine combat hero, and now Senator, James Webb’s (USNA ‘ 68] then-troublesome 1979 Washingtonian Magazine essay: “Women Can’t Fight.”

Well of course women CAN fight. In Iraq, US military women have fought and still do fight bravely and selflessly. These armed daughters, sisters, wives and mothers can also become wounded, maimed, captured, abused and killed. In fact one hears military women, in particular, declaring their willingness to “die for my country,” words far less often heard from men.

And women can kill; there’s no doubt about it.

But please, put aside for a moment the tendency to rationalize, trivialize, scoff or scorn a cautionary perspective in order to reflect with candor on what this unarguably historic innovation of the “woman as warrior” may signify about a phenomenal cultural trajectory.

The stakes are high.

Read his entire article at the jump.

Robert H. Miller, CAPT, USN ret

Hope For America

PO Box 1007

Willow Grove, PA 19090

hfa@aol.com

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Homosexuals in the Military: A Sailor Answers Bob Barr

June 19, 2007 | By | 3 Comments

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Homosexuals at sea The Other Side of the Story

by Allan Slaff

On 13 June, the Wall Street Journal printed an op-ed piece by former congressman Bob Barr entitled “Don’t Ask, Who Cares” in which he argued that barring homosexuals from openly serving in the military was unfair, un-American and counterproductive. Mr. Barr writes that he has become deeply impressed with the growing weight of credible military opinion which concludes that allowing gays to serve openly in the military does not pose insurmountable problems for the good order and discipline of the services. With all due respect to the two authorities that he refers to, ex Senator Simpson and General Skalikeshveli, both of whom I greatly admire and respect, neither of them have any first hand idea of the sociological problems of going to sea in a man of war.

I strenuously disagree with Mr. Barr and his military authorities, and I would like very much to offer “The other side of the story”. Since I am a retired naval officer, I shall write to what I know well and that is going to sea in a man of war. I served in eleven ships of the Navy and had the unique honor of commanding four combatants including the heavy guided missile cruiser Albany all of which, by the way, were at the time considered among the finest combatants in the Fleet.

In a combatant ship our bluejackets are literally packed into berthing compartments, typically holding about 40 men. They are afforded minimum privacy even under the most enlightened habitability standards. As a nod for the need for some human privacy the modern enlisted bunks are fitted with a privacy curtain which they may close. Public nakedness is the reality of enlisted life in Navy ships and that pertains to the heads, and wash and shower rooms as well.

Our ships get underway for months at a time. The typical deployment when I was in the Fleet was for nine months and I understand that that is still typical. Thus, those compartments become the bluejackets’ home for very long periods of time. There is no such thing as going home ashore after your watch or if you are in a liberty section so that you may enjoy the company of your homosexual partner. There are of course occasional liberty ports but liberty for enlisted personnel usually expires in the late evening. The Fleet doesn’t even enter port for replenishment. All of that is done underway.

Now assign a few homosexuals into that living compartment when all of them including the homosexual are very young and when their hormones are at their most powerful and you have an invitation to disaster. It would be akin to inserting a few heterosexual males into an all female compartment where nakedness is a way of life and sending them off for months at a time. Impossible! And thus it would be exactly the same for the homosexual in a heterosexual male compartment.

As Mr. Barr correctly points out, the homosexual has as fine an intellect as the heterosexual. They thus eventually and inevitably they will be advanced in rating. As petty officers they will be in a position of powerful authority over men of lesser rating and thus in a position to exert exquisite sexual pressure on their subordinates.

For these very apparent sociological reasons it would be a disaster to change the present policy. It would reap havoc on the fighting efficiency of the Fleet and good order and discipline so necessary in a man of war. It just cannot happen.

Allan Slaff

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Allan Slaff submitted this letter to the editors of The Wall Street Journal.

Credit to John Howland at USNA At Large.

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