Lieutenant Dan Choi officially discharged from the military

  • metta

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    Jul 22, 2010 4:19 PM GMT

    Lieutenant Dan Choi officially discharged from the military

    http://www.365gay.com/news/lieutenant-dan-choi-officially-discharged-from-the-military/
  • metta

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    Jul 26, 2010 4:23 PM GMT



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    Jul 26, 2010 4:46 PM GMT
    Oddly, the only thing that strikes me is his rank, and being in the National Guard. A West Point graduate goes into the US Regular Army (RA), not the state Guard, for an active duty commitment of 6 years minimum. At the end of which time virtually all Army Officers, and every West Pointer, has been promoted to Captain. Even I, a non-West Pointer, made Captain/O-3 at 4-1/2 years from commissioning.

    Which suggests to me that Choi had a massive career failure, prior to his gay orientation becoming known. West Pointers simply do not go into the state National Guard out of the RA as Lieutenants/O-2, unless they're thrown out for poor performance, and a failure to be promoted.

    So I'd like to learn more about the details of his service. And whether he was using his orientation to mask fundamental failures as an Officer.

    I know, I'll get beat up over these observations here. So let me assure everyone I'm against DADT, I'm for gays serving openly in the US military, and I think Choi is helping to keep public attention on the DADT issue. But I still have my doubts about this guy.