A veteran’s viewpoint
Perhaps Times readers would like an opinion on the matter of gays in the military from a Navy veteran of World War II.
Looking at the numbers, we must have had 500,000 or more homosexual men in uniform during the war.
I served as an officer aboard two troop transports, each with a crew of about 600 men, and as a senior officer on a floating dry dock with some 500 enlisted men. Everyone showered together and slept in three-tier bunks, 40 or so to a room.
Sodomy was a crime under all military codes, but never did any of us hear of a homosexual incident or a complaint from any enlisted man. I’m sure that there were a few prosecutions, but any such cases were negligible in number.
The current rules are unnecessary and wasteful of talent.
This is the same point I’ve made in previous posts. Why does anyone assume that gays in the military have some strange uncontrollable lusty urge that they must and will act upon… and straights don’t? Why are they more of a threat?