The issue of allowing homosexuals in the military has been a major point of contention for those who are against or for those who are in favor of having homosexuals in the armed forces. For some, working with a homosexual will make them feel uncomfortable while for others it is jut alright to have homosexuals. Here we will look at some of the issues confronting the so-called “third sex” as they desire to join the ranks of the military.
Those who are against having homosexuals in the military believe that the agency will lose its cohesiveness. The life of a soldier is intimate and they do everything together, so for a homosexual, this can be an intimidating experience working with other people who might take advantage of the situation. Likewise, having homosexuals can disrupt the discipline and good morale of the military.
In addition, as Wallace puts it, soldiers who are involved with each other romantically can affect their social and emotional membership in the unit. Their object of obsession is each other and their relationship that they would forget to fulfill their responsibilities to the group. Their devotion to one another will violate the loyalty they pledge to the Army and their co-soldiers.
Aside from that, those who are against the move to allow homosexuals in the armed forces believes that the military is not like the civil service that offers equal opportunity for all. As far as selection and recruitment, the armed forces is exempted from this principle of providing similar opportunities. The rationale behind the establishment of the institution is to protect the country.
On the other hand, those who are in favor of homosexuals in the military believes that there is a historical basis for allowing them to enter the institution. Likewise, they contend that the military can benefit from the creative minds of homosexuals as far as logistics, strategies, and intelligence is concerned.
Likewise, proponents of the move believe that there should be no gender preference when recruiting and selecting potential members of the military. This is an effective solution to control the decreasing number of applicants joining the military. Without the gender preference, the military could expand its recruitment base.
Another contention of those who agree to have homosexuals in the armed forces is because recruitment for the military should be based on qualifications, abilities, skills, and characteristics and not gender. Just because an individual is gay does not mean that they do not possess the necessary skills to perform assigned tasks. So gender should not be an issue in recruitment and selection.
The military should not question the gender of an individual instead they should work on improving the selection process in order to truly determine who can really dedicate their lives for the protection of their state and its people. Loyalty, patriotism, and other requirements needed for the service of the country could not only be fulfilled by males so gender should never be an issue.
A person of authority and rank should not be allowed to take advantage of their superiors just because of their sexual orientation. The institution is a test of stamina as well as one’s physical, emotional, and mental skills. As long as an individual, regardless of gender, can fulfill these requirements then there is nothing wrong with having homosexuals in the military.