Friday, March 4, 2011

The Ghost Of DADT: Don't Take A Nap With A Buddy

The Navy is undergoing discharge proceedings against a sailor because he fell asleep in the same bed with a fellow sailor in the barracks. 

Petty Officer Stephen C. Jones went to the room of a friend of his to watch "The Vampire Diaries."  They fell asleep while watching it.  They were discovered, their behavior was judged "unprofessional," and now they're getting kicked out.

"Navy officials, however, have a different view of his bedroom behavior at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, near Charleston, S.C. Even though there is no evidence the 21-year-old sailor committed any hanky-panky or that his friend was not permitted to visit, Jones has been charged with dereliction of duty. The Navy is seeking to discharge him, a move that he is contesting."

Despite repeated requests for clarification on the charge, the Navy prosecutor isn't giving any solid answers as to what this guy actually did wrong.  I think it goes without question that this is total crap.  Dear Navy:  If you're going to have a witchhunt, at least be honest enough to admit it and say "We're discharging you for doing icky gay things like taking a nap."

That being said, there were times in the field while I was in the Army where I really DID spoon with a straight male soldier in order to stay warm while sleeping.  And yes, they knew I was gay.

It was kinda hot.

Just kidding.


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