ActiveAndFit said[quote][cite]jaydub said[/cite]And besides, simply stating, "I'm gay" isn't grounds enough to get dismissed - and some, if not most of those initially discharged under DADT wanted to be discharged and DADT gave them a way out.
This simply is not true. It is true that it can be
overlooked, but there are a few things that can give grounds for being dismissed. Saying you are gay is all the grounds needed. Even holding hands with a boyfriend in public CAN be grounds. Of the 4+ that I know (all USMC) they did not
want to get the boot. With one, "someone" stuck a copy of his profile (like on this site) on a car of someone in command. That was all that was needed. And the severance he will NOT get (he only gets half but he is fighting it) is very real - that came from him, not wikipedia. But as I said earlier, worst of all he will not get his retirement.[/quote]
Ok, I won't say it's the same for everyone. I had three friends who wanted out, using DADT. They went to their commanding officer, claimed they were gay and was told - he needed more proof than that. The next day, they showed up in his office with polaroids.
MP's, actively patrolled the gay area of town as well. They walked in and out of gay bars. There were soldiers in all of them. One night I asked, why aren't you doing anything - they said they were instructed to only pick up those that were "acting" on being homosexual. Simply being in a gay bar or walking out of one, was not grounds enough to be investigated.
I guess is depends more on the company you're in and the commanding officer you fall under.