posted on Apr, 10 2005 @ 06:21 PM
During my stint in the Navy, I was in a PreCommision Unit while waiting for my ship to be commissioned. I spent part of that time living in an
open-bay barracks in Norfolk. If you don't know what I mean, think one large room. But this one was divided with those cubicle walls and the big
'ole lockers. (vets and active duty know what I'm talking about) Anyway, the room was divided in such a way that each "cubicle" had 4 racks
(bunks) in it, so there were 4 "roomates" per cubicle.
Now, I consider myself conservative with liberal tendacies, and this was right about the time "Don't ask, don't tell" was coming out. I don't
really give a crap personally if there was a gay guy with me, so long as he understood I'm straight and didn't hit on me.
Anyway, one day after working in the warehouse, I'm heading back to my lovely homestead, and there is a huge crowd standing at the end of one of the
"cubicles". I ask what's going on, and it turns out that the one dude in there placed a love letter to another guy on his rack, and the MAA
(security) was there to take him out of the berthing.
Why security? Because the 50 or so guys hanging out there wanted to kick this dude's ass. They were there to protect him.
I have no idea what happend to that guy, but this incident changed my viewpoint on gays in the military. I seriously doubt if we will ever get to a
point where this attitude will not prevail in the military. That just goes with the territory. As such, homosexuals in the military will create an
unneccary distraction. I feel this is unfortunate, but don't see a logical alternative.