A 1999 Status Report on Homosexuals in the Military

This offers an update on homosexuals in the military since Clinton instituted his “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in 1993. The study finds the number of service members discharged for homosexual conduct has risen each year since the advent of the policy. It also found that well over 80% of all discharges for homosexual conduct were made on the basis of voluntary admission of homosexuality. Maginnis offers several possibilities for the increase such as perception of “gay-friendliness” which proves not true or servicemen (both homosexuals and heterosexuals) enticed by the robust economy, who see little stigma attached to homosexuality and use it as an “easy out” with an honorable discharge. Suggestions for changes to the policy include reinstatement of asking recruits about their sexual orientation and ending transition benefits for discharged members.

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