I was watching PrimeTime tonight, and it brought back memories of <a HREF="http://www.globalaffairs.org/forum/showthread.php?postid=22136#post22136">this thread</a>. Two of the linguists who were discharged were interviewed, as well as a lesbian who was discharged from her position in the military as a doctor. The two men were caught together(not sure if they were in the same bed) after hours during a random raid at 3:30 AM. One of the men's personal belongings were searched, and love letters between the two men were discovered. Both were discharged for BEING GAY. Many other men and women were caught together that night during the raid, and most of them received minor punishments. None of them were discharged over it. The woman interviewed was in a relationship with her partner for fourteen years. Her partner became terminally ill from cancer, and she wanted to be by her side. Had she been the woman's daughter, mother or HUSBAND, she would have been permitted to take leave to be with her. Instead, she was discharged for BEING GAY. To top it off, she received a bill from Uncle Sam for almost $65,000. She is being forced to repay her medical schooling that was provided for her while in the military. The linguists are highly skilled people and are currently in high demand, especially ones who speak Arabic. It wasn't mentioned in the program, but I would assume that doctors could certainly come in handy in the next few months. Since 1994, when the "Don't ask, don't tell," program went into effect, more than 8,500 homosexuals have been discharged from the military. I wonder what would happen if there was a draft, and people started saying they were gay just to get out of it? Or would the rule be temporarily lifted during a draft? I have to say that I am outraged about this whole issue. I hope that one day we will look back at this policy the same way we look at things like women's suffrage and segregation. I just don't buy into the arguments that having openly homosexual men and women in the military would be a huge problem. Any new thoughts or should I not have bothered resurrecting this discussion?