Number of gays booted under DADT increased last year
Believe it or not, with recruiting down and our military stretched thin around the globe, the dumbbells at the Pentagon are at it again.
Data has been released showing that there was an 11% increase of discharges under “don’t ask, don’t tell.” (SFGate):
A Pentagon spokeswoman, Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke, said 726 service members were discharged under the policy during the 2005 budget year that ended last Sept. 30. That compares with 653 discharges the year before. She released the figures after a gay rights advocacy group said it had obtained the statistics on its own.
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which has represented military members who were forced out for being openly gay, says the Pentagon’s policy deprives the military of qualified and experienced personnel in at a time when the Army and Marine Corps have struggled to meet their recruiting goals.
As you see above, SLDN already had the figures, so the Pentagon’s hand was forced on this one. It really is a position the government cannot defend with any logic at this point. (SLDN):
The rate of discharge has remained relatively consistent each year since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and represents a 40% decrease compared with years prior to the attacks. A total of 742 military personnel were discharged under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on openly gay service members, up from 668 discharges among the services in FY2004.
The time has come for the Pentagon to call on Congress to repeal ‘Don’t “The law deprives our nation of thousands of skilled men and women who could be instrumental in fighting the war on terror.” Ask, Don’t Tell,’” said SLDN executive director C. Dixon Osburn.
The Army discharged 386 soldiers in 2005, up from 325 the year before. The Air Force dismissed 88 airmen, down slightly from 92 in 2004; the Navy discharged 177 members, the same as the prior year; 75 Marines were discharged, up from 59 the year before; and the Coast Guard discharged 16 men and women, compared to 15 in 2004.
…The San Antonio Express-News recently reported that the armed forces are facing a “major” officer shortage, including falling short by 2,500 captains and majors in the Army this year, with that number increasing to 3,300 in 2007. In an attempt to attract new recruits and fill the gap, Pentagon leaders have recently relaxed enlistment standards regarding age, physical fitness, education and criminal records. The discharge of lesbian and gay Americans, however, continues.
The mental giants and patriots over at Freeperland need to head on down to the recruiting office, since they are celebrating the discharge of able men and women who are prepared and willing to defend their right to be keyboard cowards.
And this is bad why?
They must not like cleaning the latrine after a hot date in the latrine.
OMG! This is HUGH!!!
Hugh, too? OMG is right!
Who needs ’em?
The less deviants out on the lines, the better. There is no place for them there.
The military clearly needs a bigger screen door with a much quicker spring so that it does hit them in the butt on the way out!
Well, you know how those poofters just can’t shut the hell up.
They are hoping for a class action suit someday. The lawers want a cut, of course.
“so that it does hit them in the butt on the way out!” They’d probably like it!
It is only a mater of time until this spins into “retention problems”.
Yeah, likely the 630 troops that re-upped at Fort Carson, Colorado 2 weeks ago, en masse, almost an entire regiment, were obviously just a bunch of gays who wanted to stay together
The army has no retention problem, but the MSM has created a recruiting problem by failing to tell the truth about Iraq. If the army wants to maiontain recruiting levels, they simply need to get the news out of who is winning in Iraq.
Brokeback discharge. ;~)
So happy to be retired. I never would have imagined the military would have to defend its actions in this matter. Don’t ask don’t tell was a typical limp wristed response by Cigar Bill to be everyones buddy. So lets go over this one again butt buddies…if you are in the service shut the hell up and man up, or pack those A bags and head back to fairy land. JEEZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
I was hoping the doorknob wouldn’t give ’em that “special” thrill.
We have much better fings to do than get our athes shot up when all we want to do is kith Ahmed and Furqaan!
What a typical BS lib distortion. Recruitment goals are consistently being met — That’s fact! I guess looking back, this morning I struggled to tie my shoes, eat breakfast, brush my teeth. Later I struggled at my job. Then I stuggled boiling pasta for dinner. And yet I do it every day for 365 days a year. Idiots.
Solution – ask, then if they give the wrong answer, show ’em the door of the recruitment office.
The U.S. military is not the place for BJ Clinton’s social experiments. Destroying the military was the first order of business in building the “CLINTON LEGACY”…
This is just the fudgepackers showing true colors. Fewer fags in the service is a good thing.