Commentary Magazine: DADT Will Soon Be a Non-Event

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    Dec 22, 2010 9:58 PM GMT
    From "commentarymagazine.com", http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/boot/384772, a conservative magazine's web site.

    DADT Will Soon Be a Non-Event by Max Boot - 12.21.2010 - 10:49 AM

    In a year’s time, I predict, the lifting of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy to allow gays to serve openly in the military will have become a non-event. The military will adjust, as it always does, sooner or later, to social trends. The military rules that now govern relations between men and women will be extended to gays. There will undoubtedly be issues of sexual harassment and sexual relations and sexual tensions to handle — just as there are today. But handle them the military will.

    There will not be, I predict, much resistance within the ranks, a few nasty comments by hard-bitten NCOs aside, because attitudes toward gays have shifted so much toward acceptance in the years since DADT was enacted in 1993. In any case, the numbers involved will be small (gays are a tiny minority of the population and presumably only a tiny minority of that minority will sign up for uniformed service — just as only a tiny minority of the heterosexual population volunteers). So their incorporation will not be disruptive and will not change the overall culture of the armed forces, much less lead to a loss of combat competence — which is as high as it has ever been because today’s troops have seen action nonstop since 2001.

    Perhaps the most lasting impact of this policy change will be the return of ROTC to Ivy League campuses. Already Harvard and Yale are talking about reinstating their ROTC programs. This, too, will not make much of a change in either the Ivy League or the military, but it is a small, welcome step toward bridging the chasm that separates the armed forces from society’s elites.
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    Dec 23, 2010 2:46 AM GMT
    Elena Kagan said when she was at Harvard the main reason ROTC was not welcome was because of DADT. Although she doesn't speak for Harvard now, it will be interesting to see if they act consistent with what she said. As far as academic rigor, I submit ROTC has more academic rigor than some of the academic programs that catered to radical, left-wing, politically correct, elements - "Special Studies" - ha really special that were the laughing stock of the community. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 23, 2010 3:04 AM GMT
    socalfitness said...some of the academic programs that catered to radical, left-wing, politically correct, elements...


    "Social Studies of Transgendered Black Panther Communists"? Yeah, I slept through those lectures.
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    Dec 23, 2010 3:32 AM GMT
    mickeytopogigio said
    socalfitness said...some of the academic programs that catered to radical, left-wing, politically correct, elements...


    "Social Studies of Transgendered Black Panther Communists"? Yeah, I slept through those lectures.

    Good one. Did they grade it the same way some people vote, "Present"?