Twenty years on, great strides for full inclusion in the australian military

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    May 12, 2012 9:38 PM GMT
    Thought I would share this article I came across about being gay in the Australian military (20 years after the ban was lifted).

    http://m.smh.com.au/national/twenty-years-on-great-strides-for-full-inclusion-in-the-military-20120512-1yjft.html


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    May 12, 2012 9:47 PM GMT
    Australia is years beyond the US in many regards.
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    May 13, 2012 8:54 AM GMT
    TropicalMark_GySgtUSMC saidAustralia is years beyond the US in many regards.

    And years behind in so many others...
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    May 13, 2012 9:13 AM GMT
    It is 12 years since the ban was lifted in the UK armed forces. Civil partnership rights were implemented in the UK armed forces, as soon as they were introduced for the population as a whole (in 2003). I have served at several units where same-sex partners lived in military housing, without any problems.

    As in the civilian world, I found that older personnel were more resistant to the changes than the younger ones were. But then, the armed forces are a very socially conservative institution and tend to lag behind the rest of the country by about 20 years, which means, in terms of accepting gay personnel, the Aussie armed forces have probably only just caught up with the rest of society.
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    May 13, 2012 9:45 AM GMT
    I think we are somewhere in the middle between the UK and US (like so many aspects)
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    May 13, 2012 11:12 AM GMT
    ozgreenguy saidI think we are somewhere in the middle between the UK and US (like so many aspects)


    True I love the way we can understand both countries, a bit from column A a bit from column B. We always seem to get the best of both.

    Now we just need to get marriage happening.