Monday, September 19, 2011

The Army Sez: Repeal Is Here, Suck It Up And Drive On

The Secretary of the Army, Army Chief of Staff, and Sergeant Major of the Army have now released a letter officially announcing the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell.  I especially like the part where they remind possible dissenters about orderly conduct and the core values of the largest component of our defense.

"At the heart of our success is adherence to the Army Values.  These standards not only infuse every facet of our culture and operations, but also guide us as we adapt to change.  Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage are not mere words to us-- they are the very principles by which we live, train, and fight. 
"Accordingly, we expect all personnel to follow our Values by implementing the repeal fully, fairly, and in accordance with policy guidance.  It is the duty of all personnel to treat each other with dignity and respect, while maintaining good order and discipline throughout our ranks.  Doing so will help the U.S. Army remain the Strength of the Nation."
I have to admit, having been in the Army myself, this de facto explanation of the core values and duties each soldier must cleave to, regardless of their ideas of who is acceptable to have sex with, was a bit stirring.  Serving in the military is about duty, not about your personal agenda.

1 comment:

  1. I think they put that bit in there to avoid possible bullying and other such violence towards any sexual preference an individual may divulge. Thats how i interpret it anyways...... :-P