Militarization and the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy" Argumentative Essay by allant

Militarization and the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy"
Argues that the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in the U.S. military is highly prejudiced and wrong, as well as ineffective.
# 65017 | 4,000 words | 15 sources | MLA | 2005 | US

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Examines the history and current state of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which allows military officials to fire service members for revealing their homosexuality. The paper shows how the policy is ineffective and unjust by looking at personal accounts, spending policies of the military, and a wide array of research.

From the Paper:

"The exclusion of openly homosexual individuals from military service reveals homophobic undercurrents to society, as well as raises questions about militarism being above the law. During the Clinton administration, President Bill Clinton attempted to overthrow the ban restricting gay and lesbian members from joining the army and allow them to serve openly. However, after "having promised in his campaign to extend this civil right to gays and lesbians, Clinton faced a difficult challenge when he attempted to fulfill his pledge, opposed as he was by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and prominent members of Congress" (Belkin 1). Instead, in 1993 Clinton passed the "National Defense Authorization Act" (Belkin 1), better known as the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue" policy, which allows homosexual people to serve in the army as long as they do not reveal their queer sexual orientation or engage in so-called "homosexual conduct.""

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