Since it looks like homosexuals are going to be able to serve, "Openly" in the military, I thought I would look at my experiences in the Navy and bring up a few facts that may be a problem with this being a complete success. You all must know that Homosexuals have served in the military, honorably, effectively, and totally in secret, for ever. I knew some shipmates that I suspected were "Gay". They never "Hit" on me, but watching them on Liberty, and on the ship gave some clues of their sexual orientation. Especially after Admiral Zumwalt authorized the wearing of civilian clothes but enlisted personnel.
First, in the Navy, most ships do not have medical doctors. Neither do Marines in the field and most Army units. In the Navy, all but the largest ships, that is Aircraft Carriers and the big Amphibious ships, have an independent duty Corpsman and one or two junior corpsmen. Second, most, if not ALL ships do not carry a blood supply for transfusions. What we use is called the "walking blood bank". That is, there is at least ONE other person on the ship that has your blood type. Now, since we know that "Aids" is transmitted through the blood. If the only other person on the ship that has my rare blood type is a Gay male, how happy am I going to be getting a blood transfusion from that individual? You may say; "That's not going to happen!". But I have seen shipmates injured on ship, at sea, FAR from any health facility and the individual needed a blood transfusion to survive. Someone gave live blood, that was immediately given to the injured shipmate. And that was in peace time! Think about what would happen if a ship hit a mine, or was attacked, or had a severe fire. I am just talking about surface ships. But look at submarines, where sailors "Hot Bunk". That is a practice where two sailors share the same bunk. One sleeps days, one sleeps nights! See any problems here?
I have commented on my views on homosexuality, so I will leave that topic alone. But, there are some medical issues that need addressed before we proceed.
On a lighter note, some time ago I wrote about my duties as a Command Master Chief, during ceremonies with family members. I told you that I would always set up the event, meet the family, get all the information, and then go get the Commanding Officer, briefing him on any abnormalities BEFORE he went to the ceremony. That kept him from embarrassing the family member or himself. Well, with homosexuals serving openly, that process carries even more responsibility. What if Petty Officer Dinkowitz's significant other is also male, and He is the one wearing the pink mini skirt and the jungle print tube top with the parrot on his shoulder. I see an entire new area of Command Master Chief and Commanding Officer training coming here! Glad I am retired!